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Method of Payment of Wages

When an employer pays wages, the method of payment must be in a manner that allows the employee to access all of the wages. While payment may be either by check or direct deposit, the employer cannot mandate a particular method of payment. It is the employee who makes the choice regarding method of payment. If the employer pays wages by check, the name of the bank, together with the address, must appear on the face of the check. The bank listed must be a bank with a location in California. The employee must be able to cash the check without charge. The name and address of the employer must also appear on the check.

Recently, employers have begun to request that employees receive their pay through a paycard. While these types of cards may be permissible, again, the employee must be able to access all of the employee's wages without charge. Other requirements apply to this type of payment of wages. The employer must comply with all of the stated requirements.

If your employer has used an improper method of payment to pay your wages, we welcome you to contact the Workman Law Firm for a free consultation.

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