According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, Section 34 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says you can only take money off your employee's salary if he agrees to it, or if you legally have to.
This will be in the form of a collective agreement, court order or arbitration award.
Here are the five instances where it's legal to deduct money from your employee's salary
You can deduct:
That's not all.
Another instance when you need to make a deduction is if you overpay your employee by mistake. You can ask him to pay this money back. But, you can't just deduct the overpayment from his salary; you still have to get his permission.
It's advisable that you make this deduction as soon as possible so your employee doesn't have the chance to spend the money.
Knowing when you're legally allowed to deduct money from your employee's salary will help ensure you don't find yourself at the CCMA.
Urgent HR warning:
You WILL land up at the CCMA if you incorrectly deduct money from your employee's salary
Knowing what you can or can't deduct from your employee's salary can be confusing...
Once false move can cause you to land up at the CCMA and pay for the legal fees too!
But it doesn't have to be the fate of your company.
You can legally deduct money from your employee's salary starting today. Here's how...
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