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Hello. I recently read an answer of yours regarding whether or not an employer can mandate direct deposit as the only payroll method for its employees. While the answer did fulfill most of my questions, it did raise more.

Firstly, you referenced "Pennsylvania Stat. 7.6121; Pennsylvania Stat. 7.6122". I was wondering if you could provide some reference or resource to the actual statute texts, as I've been searching through the internet, but cannot find them myself.

Also, you'd said that the employer must provide a written record of the deposit prior to, or at the time of the money transfer. My employer does not provide us with any sort of paper proof of deposit. When we received our last pay checks prior to the transition, we were given a short memo informing us of the transition and told to sign up for the payroll site. The process was lengthy and in no way easy, and even so did not allow us to open the pay stub, only to print them. which many of us, myself included, do not have access to a printer. So I haven't seen any of my last several pay stubs, and neither have several co-workers. Is this legal? Can My employer do this?

Thank you for your time, and I'll be eagerly awaiting your response.



Pennsylvania 260.3 (a) Every employer shall pay all wages, other than fringe benefits and wage supplements, due to his employees on regular paydays designated in advance by the employer. Overtime wages may be considered as wages earned and payable in the next succeeding pay period. All wages, other than fringe benefits and wage supplements, earned in any pay period shall be due and payable within the number of days after the expiration of said pay period as provided in a written contract of employment or, if not so specified, within the standard time lapse customary in the trade or within 15 days from the end of such pay period. The wages shall be paid in lawful money of the United States or check, except that deductions provided by law, or as authorized by regulation of the Department of Labor and Industry for the convenience of the employee, may be made including deductions of contributions to employee benefit plans which are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. (b) Every employer who by agreement deducts union dues from employees' pay or agrees to pay or provide fringe benefits or wage supplements, must remit the deductions or pay or provide the fringe benefits or wage supplements, as required, within 10 days after such payments are required to be made to the union in case of dues or to a trust or pooled fund, or within 10 days after such payments are required to be made directly to the employee, or within 60 days of the date when proper claim was filed by the employee in situations where no required time for payment is specified.

260.4. It shall be the duty of every employer to notify his employees at the time of hiring of the time and place of payment and the rate of pay and the amount of any fringe benefits or wage supplements to be paid to the employee, a third party or a fund for the benefit of the employee and any change with respect to any of these items prior to the time of said change. Alternatively, however, every employer may give such notification by posting the aforementioned facts and keeping them posted conspicuously at the employer's place of business. Further, in cases where wages, amounts of any fringe benefits or wage supplements are set forth in a bona fide collective bargaining agreement and copies of that agreement are available to employees, then this shall satisfy the employer's duty to give notice.

6121 and 6122 Prior written request by employee is required and a written agreement is needed to set forth terms and conditions for direct deposits. Employee must be able to choose financial institution.


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