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Is it legal to dock employee pay in Pennsylvania

Date: 6/1/2018 4:19 AM (PST)

Is it legal in Pennsylvania to be able to dock an employee's pay down to minimum wage just because they have quit?

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Date: 6/1/2018 8:35 AM (PST)

Good Morning Jovon. Thank you for utilizing our Ask The Experts forum. I did research and in the State of Pennsylvania an employer must inform an employee before changing his or her wage rate.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not prohibit employers from reducing a nonexempt worker’s hourly wage rate as a disciplinary action. Nonexempt employees only have to be paid the minimum wage. So it is legal for an employer to reduce your pay, but there are exceptions. Labor laws vary state to state, so I recommend you check with the State of Pennsylvania on what the laws are pertaining to wage reduction and/or doc pay:

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