Yes, in California, your employer can deduct money from your paycheck for coming to work late.
However, according to Labor Code Section 2928, the deduction that your employer takes from your paycheck cannot exceed the proportionate wage that would have been earned during the time actually lost, but for a loss of time less than 30 minutes, a half hour’s wage may be deducted.
For example, if you earn $12.00 per hour and come to work 40 minutes late, your employer can deduct $8.00 from your paycheck. And if you come to work five minutes late, your employer can deduct $6.00.
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