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My wife got a job with mccs on base here with the option to have direct deposit. So she was hired with the option of paper checks or direct deposit. They recently posted a bulletin at her work stating it's mandatory for direct deposit or they with withhold her checks. When asked they told her it was because doing paper checks was too much work. When she went to a higher manager he said it was mandatory. Now making it mandatory would have to make her get a bank account. I've read up and heard about cash cards but I'm still confused on weather or not what her employer is doing is legal. I appreciate your time

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California employers may deposit wages directly into a bank account only for employees who voluntarily agree to such an arrangement. Employers may not make direct deposit a condition of employment. They must allow each employee to choose the bank or financial institution for direct deposit of his wages.

I would suggest that you contact Your district office of California Department of Labor. You can find contact information at this website; http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/DistrictOffices.htm

They can call the employer and let them know that they cannot legally mandate direct deposit in California.

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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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