Q: An employee in California who quit didn’t return some items that are company property. Can I deduct the cost of those items from her last paycheck?
A: No. Making deductions from an employee’s final pay for the company’s benefit is not allowed A better option for employers is to have employees sign an acknowledgment that they have been entrusted with company property, and if the employee fails to return said property when they leave the organization, the company will file a claim in small claims court to retrieve the value of the unreturned property. More information on deductions can be found here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_deductions.htm