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Hi, I'm wondering what the labor laws are regarding lunch hour deductions. Our employees punch in and out and at times they forget to punch out for lunches that they are scheduled for and have taken. We would like to send an email asking them to confirm whether they have taken a lunch on these days and include the wording "if we do not see a response by x date, we will assume you have taken a lunch unless you notify us otherwise". Would this be lawful? We have employees in the states of CO, CA, and WA.

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

Employment is at will, majority are full time

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No that is all!

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Answer: Unfortunately, the laws of Colorado, California and Washington prohibit taking a deduction from an employee's wages without verification that there has been an over-payment. However, you can include disciplinary action as a ramification for failure to respond to the email, such as reduced hours, fewer days of work, or suspension.

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