If employees resign and leave without serving a full notice, can we deduct money from their salaries?
You can deduct money from negligent employees!
For example, Greg desperately wanted to know the legally correct procedure for the following scenario:
“I have a contract worker, based at my client. After the Christmas party last year he vomited in the very expensive Mercedes that was hired for the event. The rental company cleaned the vehicle at a cost of R2 400. He now refuses to pay. The client wants me to deduct this amount from his salary at month end. His basic salary is R16 000 + overtime. Can I deduct the money?”
What if a similar situation happened in your company? Would you know if you can deduct this amount from your employee’s salary?
The truth is, knowing what you can or can’t deduct from your employee’s salary can be confusing…
Picture this… Your driver Tim skips a red robot to get to your supplier before they close on Friday and collides with another car. What a mess!
This minor mishap is going to cost your company R5 000 in insurance excess and a traffic fine of R1 500!
That’s a total of R6 500 you have to pay because of damages your employee caused.
But this isn’t the first time Tim’s cost your company money.
While you let the other time slide because he was new on the job… This time, you want him to take responsibility for his mistake and he agrees that he’ll pay back the money.
After three months, you’re still waiting for payment.
So how do you go about actually retrieving the R6 500 he owes you?
Do you write that R6 500 off as a financial loss?
No! You deduct it from his salary!
And today, we’ll show you how to do it 100% legally.