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California paycheck distribution question I am trying to

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California paycheck distribution question
I am trying to settle a dispute with my employer, I did not receive my payroll check on September 30, 2011 when it was due. This is the second occurrence since my employer implement this new procedure. My employer mail out my check to my home, My employer implement a new policy which went into effect on July 01, 2011. My employer stated that we the employee have only two choices when it comes receiving our payroll checks. One was to have direct deposit and the other choice was to have it deliver to our home mailbox. I stated to my employer that I decline that offer and wanted my check in the same manor it was giving to me the past four years, in my hands every period. My employer stated that I did not have a choice, if I don't have it straight deposit then they will mail it out to my home. Is there a law regarding this situation.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Tina replied 5 years ago.
Hello and welcome,

For employees' convenience, California law typically permits direct deposit of wages. Labor Code Section 213(a) provides that direct deposit must be voluntary. Employers cannot require employees to have a bank account into which a direct deposit may be made.

The Labor Code also provides that employers may mail employee checks to them upon the employee's request. Therefore, both options are voluntarily and if the employee demands payment in person, the employer must normally accommodate that request.

If the employer does not provide payment in person, file a wage claim with the state labor board.

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