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Can my employer make me pay for a work uniform that's covered in the company's name and logos?

It depends on the laws of your state, in part. Under federal law, an employer can require employees to buy a uniform and pay to have it cleaned, as long as the employee is still earning at least the minimum wage once these costs are subtracted. Many states see the issue differently, however. Some don't allow employers to charge employees for uniforms at all. Others allow employers to charge for a uniform only if it can also be used a street wear -- and an outfit that's emblazoned with the company's tags doesn't count. To learn more about which costs an employer can pass on to you, see Nolo's article Paycheck Deductions for Uniforms, Cash Shortages, Tools, and More

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