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Direct Deposit (in Wa)

Postby Magnus » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:51 pm

hello hello~

i work for a restaurant(in WASHINGTON STATE) and recently the manager posted a memo that said, "anyone who does not have direct deposit by sept. 24, 2008 will be taken off the schedule." not fired technically. is this allowed? do i have to do direct deposit even though i don't want it?

i found a Washington labor site that said yes the employer can require it as long as it is no cost to the employee. can you elaborate please? Also, i read that federally it is illegal to require direct deposit. is that so?


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Direct Deposit (in Wa)

Postby Jarrell » Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:56 am

Individual states have the option to mandate direct deposit for their employees. What it means in the State of Washington is that requring direct deposit cannot cost the employee's a fee. It is illegal if it costs them to set up an account or to use a paycard for direct deposit. These costs must be absorbed by the company if they mandate direct deposit. Some companies give pay cards to those that do not have bank accounts. If they do this it cannot cost the employee to use the pay card.

Labor laws have changed in the recent times. Even the Federal Government is now doing direct deposit for federal checks. They have left it up to the states to determine the payment of wages as long as the wages are paid when they should be paid. If you do not have a bank account for direct deposit ask your company about the paycard option. You would receive your check on a paycard similar to a debit card and could draw it all out just like a check.

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