language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to employment; regulating the deduction from wages of unreimbursed expenses;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 177.24, subdivisions 4, 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Deductions, direct or indirect, from wages or gratuities not authorized by this subdivision may only be taken as authorized by sections 177.28, subdivision 3, 181.06, and 181.79. Deductions, direct or indirect, for up to the full cost of the uniform or equipment as listed below, may not exceed $50. No deductions, direct or indirect, may be made for the items listed below which when subtracted from wages would reduce the wages below the minimum wage:
(1) purchased or rented uniforms or specially designed clothing required by the employer, by the nature of the employment, or by statute as a condition of employment, which is not generally appropriate for use except in that employment;
(2) purchased or rented equipment used in employment, except tools of a trade, a motor vehicle, or any other equipment which may be used outside the employment;
(3) consumable supplies required in the course of that employment;
(4) travel expenses in the course of employment except those incurred in traveling to and from the employee's residence and place of employment.
An employer, at the termination of an employee's employment, must reimburse the full amount deducted, directly or indirectly, for any of the items listed in subdivision 4. When reimbursement is made, the employer may require the employee to surrender any existing items for which the employer provided reimbursement.
Presented to the governor May 8, 2009
Signed by the governor May 12, 2009, 4:47 p.m.