Direct deposit can be required…if there’s an ‘opt-out’

Most employers find that paying workers through direct deposit is far simpler and easier than paying via check. But can employers force employees to accept direct deposit?

Well, not exactly. According to the Department of Labor, you can’t refuse to pay people by check if they really, truly insist on a check. However, you can make direct deposit standard practice, and you can force people who don’t like it to “opt out”…as opposed to inviting people who want it to “opt in.”

Some states have additional rules and restrictions on direct deposit, though, so it’s important to speak with an attorney before you make a change in policy.

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