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Coming to a workplace near you: “legal” bi-weekly pay, direct deposit and pay cards

A prominent portion of Connecticut workplaces provide payment to employees via a bi-weekly pay check, with the weekly pay check almost an anachronism. In addition, many workplaces pay their employees by “direct deposit” of...more

Employment Legislation Summary: 2016 Session - Connecticut General Assembly

In its 2016 session, the General Assembly passed a number of new laws affecting employers. Except as otherwise noted, the changes are effective October 1, 2016. The following material summarizes these new laws, but the...more

Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Connecticut Employers

As the most recent legislative session came to an end, Governor Malloy signed into law several bills passed by the General Assembly that are of significance to Connecticut employers: - Connecticut has become the most...more

New York State DOL (Yet Again) Issues Draft Regulations on Payroll Debit Cards and Other Wage Payment Issues

After a nearly eight-month delay, the New York State Department of Labor once again published draft Regulations governing the payment of employee wages via payroll debit cards, direct deposit, and other means. As we...more

NY Dept of Labor Proposes Drastic Changes to Employers’ Use of Direct Deposit and Payroll Cards

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently published a proposed rule governing how employers pay their employees through direct deposit and payroll debit cards. While the majority of the proposed rule focuses on...more

Proposed Rule Would Radically Alter Use of Direct Deposit and Paycards in New York

On June 15, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published a proposed rule governing the permissible methods for an employer in New York to pay wages to employees. The most radical change is that all...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

Connecticut Authorizes Use of Payroll Cards to Pay Employees

On June 7, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute authorizing employers to use payroll cards to pay employees. Previously, the Connecticut Department of Labor's position was such cards were...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Connecticut General Assembly Addresses Several Employment-Related Bills in Shortened Session

The “short” session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s biennial term ended on May 4, but there were several employment-related bills that passed in the session’s final days and hours. While most of these bills are still...more

Payroll Cards Finally Approved in Connecticut

Payroll cards are finally here. The General Assembly finished their regular session last night with several employment law bills getting passed, including some that have been kicking around for years. One of them is...more

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part I)

The 2016 Connecticut General Assembly is about one month from ending its term so it’s a good opportunity to see what bills are still floating out there. I’ll do a bigger recap when we get close to the end of the session...more

New Interagency Guidance Clarifies CIP Requirements for Prepaid Cards

On March 21, 2016, FinCEN and the federal bank regulatory agencies published Guidance to issuing banks on the CIP requirements applicable to prepaid cards. While the Guidance referred to “prepaid cards,” footnote 5 to the...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 25th Public Hearing

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on several proposed bills. One of the bills to be discussed would prevent employers from requiring job...more

New York State Department of Labor Publishes Revised Proposed Regulations Governing Use of Payroll Debit Cards

On October 28, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published revised proposed regulations modifying its draft regulations (which were initially published on May 27, 2015) governing permissible methods of...more

Pennsylvania Court Allows Class Action Against Employer Who Used Only Payroll Cards; Holds Payroll Cards Are NOT “lawful money of...

In September 2013, SchnaderWorks published “Employers should Proceed With Caution in Using Payroll Cards.” At that time, author Scott Wenner advised that employers should follow the conditions prescribed in the federal...more

Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Authorizing the Use of Electronic Pay Cards

On July 10, 2015, the Rhode Island General Assembly sent Governor Gina Raimondo a compromise measure (House Bill 5590/Senate Bill 351) that would allow Rhode Island employers—for the first time in the state’s history—to pay...more

Pennsylvania Court Rules Payroll Cards Aren’t “Lawful Money,” Says Employers Must Pay Using Checks Or Dead Presidents

We have previously reported and blogged about challenges to paying employees through debit card-like “paycards.” A recent Pennsylvania decision has amplified those concerns....more

Georgia Employers Can Now Use Payroll Cards to Pay Employees

Georgia employers now have another option for paying their employees: “payroll cards.” Recently, Gov. Deal signed a new law that explicitly allows employers to pay wages using special cards rather than issuing a check or...more

New York State Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules for Payroll Debit Cards

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently announced that it had published proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) governing employers’ use of payroll debit cards as a permissible method of wage payment....more

Can I Pay with a Card? – Proposed Restrictions on NY Employers’ Use of Payroll Cards

Payroll cards (i.e., debit cards onto which employee wages can be loaded) provide an alternative to more traditional forms of wage payment such as paper checks or direct deposit. Payroll card programs can offer cost-saving...more

New York State DOL Issues Draft Regulations on Payroll Debit Cards

The New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) recently proposed new regulations governing the payment of employee wages via payroll debit cards – a growing practice among employers. These draft regulations, which are not...more

Judge: Use of Payroll Debit Cards Violates PA Wage Payment & Collection Law

We have been updating you on a class action lawsuit pending in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas challenging a Pennsylvania employer’s use of payroll debit cards to pay wages to its employees. May was a busy month for...more

New York Poised To Allow Pay Cards But To Continue Scrutinizing Them

On May 27, 2015, New York’s State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) issued proposed rules regarding payment of wages by payroll debit cards (sometimes called “pay cards”). The proposed regulations contain good news and bad news...more

New York State Department of Labor Published Proposed Rules Regarding Non-Exempt Employees Paid by Debit Card

On May 27, 2015, the New York State Department Of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published proposed rules addressing the payment of wages by payroll debit cards. Pursuant to the draft regulations, prior to paying an employee by payroll...more

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