Can my employer deduct payment for insurance coverage I did not have?

I was laid off in January for about 3 weeks. I lost my health benefits at that time. When they called me back to work (full-time)they never re-instated my insurance. Whenever I asked about it they gave me the run-around. I recently quit and they deducted 6 months of premiums for health insurance from my final paycheck. A total of about $800 dollars. Is that legal?

1 answer  |  asked Jul 6, 2010 12:26 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Bruce Elfvin
Based upon your description of the events, this does not make sense and does not seem to be a proper deduction. It probably was a violation of the coverage and inclusion terms under the company's insurance policy also. Legal maybe, right -- not. The failure to grant you coverage and then attempt to collect premiums should not hold up, the company may also have violated minimum wage laws by taking this out of a single check.

You should discuss this situation with an employment attorney near you. You can select one at

posted by Bruce Elfvin  |  Jul 8, 2010 08:10 AM [EST]

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