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HR Weekly Journal - Final Week of Series - Illegal Deduction of Wages

Final Week - 10 Week Series

Top NH Labor Law Violations

Tip of the Week

The Cultural Imperative: Understanding the Significance of Labor Laws

The Cultural Imperative: Understanding the Significance of Labor Laws

Labor laws form the backbone of modern societies, reflecting the cultural values and ideals of a nation toward workers' rights and welfare. These laws, designed to protect employees and ensure fair treatment in the workplace, go beyond mere legislative frameworks. They are deeply rooted in the collective consciousness of a society, representing a profound cultural imperative for preserving human dignity, fostering economic stability, and promoting social harmony.

Human Dignity: One of the fundamental cultural reasons for adhering to labor laws is the recognition and preservation of human dignity. The value a society places on every individual, regardless of their occupation or social status, is reflected in how they protect workers' rights. Labor laws establish fair wages, working hours, and safe working conditions, ensuring that employees are treated with respect and not subjected to exploitation or abuse.

Employer/Employee Balance: Labor laws are instrumental in fostering social cohesion by addressing the inherent power dynamics between employers and employees. By providing a structured framework for employer-employee relations, labor laws minimize conflicts and promote mutual understanding and respect. A culture that embraces labor laws demonstrates its commitment to a harmonious society, where cooperation and collaboration are valued over-exploitation and discord. Such cohesion strengthens the social fabric, leading to reduced tensions and greater societal resilience.

Labor laws are not merely legal obligations; they represent the collective cultural conscience of a society. Upholding these laws is a testament to a culture's commitment to human dignity, social equality, economic stability, and social cohesion. By respecting and enforcing labor laws, societies can create an environment where workers are empowered, their rights are protected, and their contributions are celebrated. Ultimately, embracing labor laws as a cultural imperative will lead to a more just, equitable, and prosperous society for all.

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Top 10 Labor Law Violations

Final Week

Payment of Wages

Illegally withholding wages from employees - explained.

RSA 275:48 Payment of Wages

Have you ever heard a friend or family member state that they started their new job and never signed any paperwork except their W4 form? Maybe this is happening at your company?

1) The employer is required or empowered to withhold wages for state and federal law, including payroll taxes.

2) The employer has written authorization by the employee for deductions for lawful purpose accruing to the benefit of the employee: **


- Voluntary contributions to a cafeteria or flex benefit plan or parking fees.

- Voluntary payments for the recovery of the accidental overpayment of wages.

- Voluntary installment payments of legitimate loans made by the employer to the employee.

- Voluntary payments for the recovery of tuition for non-required educational costs paid by the employer.

- Voluntary payments for the employee's use of a health or fitness facility.

NOTE** Review RSA 275:48 in detail before entering into any wage deduction agreement. There are specifics behind each situation and practices do not apply to all employers equally.

ALSO - make sure you get all wage deductions in writing, containing the following:

1) the time the payments will begin and end.

2) The amounts to be deducted.

3) A specific agreement regarding whether the employer is allowed to deduct any amounts outstanding from final wages at the termination of employment.

4) A signature from the employee.

And - make sure any amounts deducted leave the employee with at least a final payment equal to or greater than minimum wage.

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Important Update

Employers can continue to use Form I-9 with an expiration date of 10/21/2019 through 10/31/2023. But starting 1/1/2023, all employers must start using the updated, one-page version.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that a new Form I-9 will be updated and employers should start using it on August 1, 2023. The new form will

be easier to complete and shorter in length. The greatest difference is the documentation procedures that allow employers to verify documentation, remotely.

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