Deductions from the minimum wage, whether direct or indirect, may not be made for shortages in money receipts or merchandise, for the purchase or rental of uniforms or nonhome maintenance of uniforms, consumable supplies, travel expenses, for spoilage, for breakage or other damage, for cash shortages or losses resulting from omissions or other errors, for walkouts, bad checks, bad credit slips, missing guest checks, or robbery, or fines for disciplinary purposes. "Consumable supplies" means materials required to perform duties of employment that are used up in the course of employment. "Consumable supplies" may include, but are not limited to, materials used by cosmetologists in the care and beautification of the hair and body of customers, building and utility costs, office supplies, parts and materials used in manufacture or repair, and chemicals used in lawn care. "Travel expenses" means receipted out-of-pocket expenses for transportation, meals and lodging, or an agreed upon allowance, whichever is greater.
An indirect deduction is any recoupment or payment received by an employer by methods other than payroll deductions, such as cash payments or endorsing over of checks, or the purchase or rental of any of the items listed in Minnesota Statutes, section 177.24, subdivision 4, by the employee directly from the supplier.
June 11, 2008
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