Deductions from an employee’s wages typically are going to be taxes such as social security tax, medicare tax, federal income tax withholding. Sometimes there’ll be other things that are required by the government to withhold such as child support. Typically though an employer sometimes will enter an agreement with an employee where there will be an advance to the employee and the employee is supposed to pay things back. What the employer has to be careful about is always to ensure that the employee gets at least the minimum wage in each of those paychecks. The federal and state laws require the payment of minimum wage even if the employee owes you more money.