New York Wage Deduction Amendment Signed Into Law

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[authors: Michael S. Arnold and Martha Zackin]

Governor Cuomo has finally signed a bill amending New York’s Wage Deduction law (Section 193) to permit employers to deduct certain amounts from employee wages to recover wage overpayments and for the repayment of employer loans.  The law also permits employers to deduct certain amounts from an employee’s paycheck, for the payment of items such as gym memberships, parking or mass transit passes and day care, among many other items. 

Employers have long been frustrated by their inability to make these types of deductions, especially as they often benefit the employee as well as employee.  The law goes into effect on November 8, 2012. 

The complete amendment can be accessed here.