Docking an employee’s pay not usually legal

Even a written agreement allowing it might not be enough
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Docking an employee’s wages for missing money or faulty work, while tempting for an employer, is not usually legal.

That’s because employment standards legislation across the country generally prohibits the practice. Earlier this year the British Columbia government gave employers a stern warning that the practice was illegal after a gas-station attendant was killed while trying to stop a driver who took off without paying for $12.30 worth of gas.

The worker, who was dragged under the car for more than seven kilometres, had apparently been fired from a previous job after his employer docked his wages for a similar “gas-and-dash.”