Direct deposit is a convenient and secure method of receiving your paycheck. It saves you time and eliminates the need for physical checks. But can employers make direct deposit mandatory for their employees?
The answer is yes, in most cases. According to federal law, employers are allowed to require direct deposit as long as they provide their employees with at least one other option for receiving their pay. This option can be a traditional paper check or an electronic payment system, such as a prepaid debit card.
Direct Deposit Requirements by State
Employers can require their employees to receive payments through direct deposit, but state laws may regulate the practice. Employers must comply with restrictions, including:
- No requirement for specific bank usage.
- Prohibition of fees for payment method.
- Access to pay stubs for employees.
- Availability of pay cards for employees without bank accounts.
State laws may also require employers to provide employees with pay stubs, either in print or electronic form. The Fair Labor Standards Act mandates accurate record-keeping of employees' wages and hours worked, but pay stubs are only mandatory in certain states.
States that require printed pay stubs include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont. Electronic pay stubs are acceptable in these states as long as employees can access them electronically, have a secure login, and have the ability to print them.
On the other hand, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Virginia do not require pay stubs. The remaining states have some pay stub requirements, either in print or electronic form, such as via an Employee Mobile app.
Mandatory Direct Deposit By State
|State||Can You Make It Mandatory||Covered employers|
|Alabama||Private Sector: Yes
Public Sector: No
|Arkansas||No||Private and state-government employers|
|District of Columbia||No||Private Employers and Local Governments|
|Georgia||No||All employers, excluding those in the agriculture, lumber, and resin industries|
|Illinois||No||All private employers and local entities, excluding state and federal governments.|
|Iowa||Yes: Employers are prohibited from mandating direct deposit for employees hired before July 1, 2005. However, for new employees, enrolling in direct deposit may be a requirement of their employment, except if the fees associated with setting up and maintaining the account would result in the employee's wages falling below the minimum wage level.||All employers|
|Louisiana||Yes||Public sector, State government|
|Maryland||No||All employers under various statutes|
|Minnesota||Private sector: No
Public sector: The Commissioner of Labor and Industry has the authority to mandate direct deposit for all state employees
|All employers under various statutes|
|Mississippi||No regulations regarding direct deposit||All employers|
|Missouri||No regulations regarding direct deposit||All employers|
|Nebraska||No regulations regarding direct deposit||All employers|
|New Hampshire||No||All employers|
|New Jersey||No||All employers|
|New Mexico||No||All employers, excluding those employing domestic workers in private residences and those in the livestock and agriculture industries.|
|New York||No||All employers|
|North Carolina||Yes||All employers|
|North Dakota||Yes||All employers|
|Ohio||No regulations regarding direct deposit||All employers|
|Oklahoma||Private sector: Yes
State government: Yes
|All employers, under different circumstances|
|Pennsylvania||No regulations regarding mandatory direct deposit||All employers|
|Rhode Island||No||All employers|
|South Carolina||No||All employers|
|South Dakota||Yes||All employers|
|Tennessee||Yes||Private employers with at least five employees|
|Utah||Yes||Private employers, excluding those engaged in agriculture, dairy farming, horticulture, grape growing, or livestock and poultry breeding, as well as those providing domestic household services or employment where a written agreement offers alternate terms.|
|West Virginia||State institutions of higher education: Yes
Employers under the jurisdiction of the WPCA: No
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Workforce PayHub can also help simplify the payroll process, making it easier for businesses to manage direct deposit payments and pay stubs for their employees. Contact us today if you have questions.
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