Deductions are only taken from an employee’s wage if required by law or if the employee has given written permission therefor

What does this mean?

  • As an employer, you need to understand that you may not deduct money from an employee’s pay unless:
    • the employee agrees in writing to the deduction of a debt, or
    • the deduction is made in terms of a collective agreement, law (e.g. UIF contributions), court order or arbitration award

What do I do?

The Department of Labour also has a link for employers to understand the guidelines around legal deductions that may be made from an employees’ wage:

http://www.labour.gov.za/DOL/legislation/acts/basic-guides/basic-guide-to-deductions