Utah Deductions from Pay: What you need to know

An employer may make a deduction from an employee's wages only if the deduction is required by court order or by state, local, or federal law; or the employee expressly authorizes the deduction in writing (UT Admin. Code Sec. R610-3-18).
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Under Utah law, employers may make the following deductions from an employee's wages without prior written authorization:
• Deductions for damages suffered by the employer due to the employee's negligence during the course of employment that are over and above reasonable wear and tear, provided proof of damages meets the requirements of UT Admin. Code Sec. R610-3-18.G. (The employer must not have received compensation for the loss from an insurer, assurer, surety, or guarantor, and the offset must be reasonably related to the amount of the damage.)
• Deductions required by law such as taxes or garnishments. A $10 deduction is allowed for a single garnishment and $25 for a continuing garnishment.
There is additional information on garnishments.
Employers may make the following deductions only with the employee's prior written authorization or acknowledgment:
• Deductions that are for the employee's benefit such as health insurance premiums, contributions to a 401(k) or flexible spending account, retirement plans, or other benefit plan or program
• Deductions authorized by a collective bargaining agreement to which the employer is a party
• Sums deducted as payments, repayments, contributions, or deposits to a credit union, banking, savings, loan, trust, or other financial institution
• Deductions for the purchase of goods and services by the employee from ...

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