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Employers must comply with the law when it comes to pay deductions, and there are specific rules around what they are allowed to deduct and how, specifically section 34(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). So if you find yourself questioning money being deducted from your pay, read on to find out if your employer is right or wrong in doing this and what you can do about it.
Pay deductions are ruled by section 34 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). There must be a written agreement between the employee and the employer before deductions can be made from an employee’s pay, for example, if the employee loaned money from the employer and agreed to pay it back in instalments. However, there are certain deductions that can be made without an agreement. They are:
Unlawful deductions from an employee’s pay include:
Yes, total deductions made cannot be more than 25% of the employee’s gross remuneration. Gross remuneration means your pay before taxes and other deductions.
If you feel that your employer has unlawfully deducted money from your pay, you can refer the matter to the CCMA or relevant bargaining council as a pay dispute. You can also talk to Scorpion Legal Protection if you are a member.
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* This is only basic legal advice and cannot be relied on solely. The information is correct at the time of being sent to publishing. Cases are based on fictional characters unless otherwise indicated.
Date added: 17 February 2022
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