Deductions

What deductions are allowed?

An employer can only make certain deductions from an employee’s pay.  They are:

  • required or authorized by law (e.g., income tax, EI, CPP)
  • agreed in writing by the employer and the employee
  • ordered by the court
  • the result of a previous advance of pay to the employee
  • a group benefit plan that the employee participates
  • an employee-requested contribution toward a savings plan
  • authorized by the Minimum Wage Order

An employer cannot deduct any of the employer’s business costs from wages. This includes breakage, damage to company property or loss resulting from a customer leaving without paying.

What about deductions for uniforms?

Employers cannot deduct pay from an employee for uniforms or footwear supplied or required by the employer and which are unique to the employer’s business.  An employer may require a deposit of up to 25 per cent of the cost of a corporately identified uniform. The deposit must be reimbursed when employment ends and the uniform is returned to the employer.  Employers should have employees sign for receipt of various items of the uniform.

This information is meant to serve as a guide only.  The reader is strongly advised to consult the Employment Standards Act to view the legislation.  Where any difference exists between this information and the Act, the Act will be considered correct.

Who can I contact for more information?

Hazel Walsh (Office Coordinator)
Sherwood Business Centre
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
Telephone (902) 368-5550
Fax: (902) 368-5476
Toll Free: 1-800-333-4362 
Email:  hawalsh@gov.pe.ca

Published date: 
July 14, 2015
Workforce and Advanced Learning

General Inquiries

Labour and Industrial Relations
161 St. Peters Road
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 368-5550
Toll-free: 1-800-333-4362
Fax: (902) 368-5476

hawalsh@gov.pe.ca