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Material, equipment or merchandise that is required at work

An employer who requires staff to use material, equipment (such as tools), raw materials or merchandise at work must provide them free of charge to staff who are paid the minimum wage.

If a member of staff is paid more than the minimum wage, an employer may ask them to pay for their material or equipment. After paying these expenses, their wages must be equal to or higher than the minimum wage. The employer must obtain the worker’s written authorization to make this deduction from their pay.

An employer must also ensure that the material and equipment provided to his staff are safe and in good condition. The employer has to maintain and store them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. 

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