California law strictly prohibits any deduction from an employee’s wages that is not either authorized by the employee in writing or permitted by law. Under California law, an employer can lawfully withhold amounts from an employee’s wages only under the following conditions:
∙ When required or empowered to do so by state or federal law.
∙ When a deduction is expressly authorized in writing by the employee to cover insurance premiums, benefits plan contributions or other deductions not amounting to a rebate on the employee’s wages.
∙ When a deduction to cover health, welfare or pension contributions is expressly authorized by a wage or collective bargaining agreement.