Texas law permits employers to make deductions from their employees' wages to repay loans made by the employer (TX Labor Code Sec. 61.018). The deductions must be authorized in writing by the employee and must be included on the statement of deductions provided with each paycheck.
The following transactions may be treated as loans from the employer to the employee provided that the employer has a written repayment agreement with the employee:
• Store inventory sold to employees on credit
• Personal use of company equipment or accounts
• Employer payment for non-work-related training
• Relocation expenses advanced to an employee
Before paying anything like an employee's traffic tickets, bail, or court costs, an employer should get a written agreement from the employee to the effect that the payment is a loan or wage advance.