The policy was not in place at time of shortage that employees would be required to pay back cash shortages.
Ann Kiernan replies:
In answering this question, I am assuming that the employee was running a cash register. The fact that there was a shortfall means that there is a performance issue, for which you can and should coach, counsel, warn, and discipline, even if you did not have a policy requiring reimbursement for cash shortages. By the way, in most, if not all, states, it is illegal to deduct that reimbursement from the worker’s paycheck.
But if you think you have a thief on your staff, call the police!
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