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There are only five legal deductions you can make on your domestic worker's wages. Know what they are or prepare to face the CCMA

by , 08 December 2014
You're wrong if you think you can make deductions on your domestic worker's wages as you see fit.

The truth is, there are only five legal deductions you can make on her wages. And that's why it's important you know what they are. If you don't, your domestic worker could take you to the CCMA to force you to comply with labour law.

Don't let it get to that.

Keep reading to find out the five legal deductions so you can comply and avoid a CCMA case


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If you employ a domestic worker listen up!
 
Did you know you can deduct money from your domestic worker for breakages or damages?
 
Did you know you domestic worker may be entitled to 5 days family responsibility leave?
 
Did you know you can't just fire your domestic employee? 
 
With the Domestic Worker Toolkit you'll get:
 
  • The answers to all your questions;
  • A sample payslip;
  • An employment contract;
  • Sample disciplinary record;
  • Example of a code of conduct;
  • Wage tables;
  • Sample certificate of service;
  • Domestic worker to do list;
  • UIF registration forms;
  • And so much more!
 
Click here to find out how you can make managing your domestic worker easy!

 
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You can only make these five deductions on your domestic worker's wages

 
#1: You can make a deduction for unauthorised absence from work or not pay your domestic worker, says the Domestic Worker Toolkit.
 
#2: If you give your domestic worker accommodation, you can deduct no more than 10% of her wages for the accommodation you supply.
 
#3: If you make the following payments for your worker, you can make a deduction:
 
  • You pay for any medical, insurance, savings, provident or pension fund she belongs to;
 
  • You pay subscription fees to her trade union;
 
  • You make payments to a bank, building society, insurance business, financing body or local authority for her home loan; and
 
  • You pay rent for her accommodation.
 
Bear in mind that before you make the deductions we mentioned in the bullet points, you must get your employee's consent. It's illegal not to.
 
That's not all to deductions you can make on your domestic worker's wages…

 
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Don't get taken to the CCMA by your domestic worker!
 
Does your domestic worker have a legal employment contract?
 
Do you know how many days leave they're entitled to?
 
Do you know what the minimum wages are you must pay?
Must you pay your domestic worker overtime?
 
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Here are two more deductions you can make on your domestic worker's wages

 
#4: Let's say you give your domestic worker a loan or salary advance this month (December). In January, you can make a deduction so she can pay off the loan or salary advance.
 
Important! The amount you deduct mustn't be more than one-tenth of the wage due in January.
 
#5: Lastly, you can make deductions that certain laws or courts require you to make.
For example, you have to deduct her Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contribution.
 

When you make these deductions, you must reflect them on your domestic worker's payslip

 
You have to give your domestic worker a payslip when you pay her. This is a legal requirement. Download a sample pay slip here.
 
One of the things you must include on her payslip is deductions. You must give details of any deductions you make.

Remember, if you make illegal deductions on your domestic worker's wages, she could take you to the CCMA. Now that you know about the deductions you can make, comply to avoid a CCMA case.
 
PS: Making sure you deduct your domestic worker's wages correctly isn't your only legal duty. You also have to pay her according to the new minimum wage, give her the right amount of leave, give her a payslip that contains the correct details, etc. That's why we recommend you check out the Domestic Worker Toolkit. It will give you all this information and so much more so you can comply with all your legal duties.


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