Wages must be paid by cash, check, or draft. An employer may not deduct amounts from an employee's wages unless required or permitted by law or authorized by the employee in writing.
Manufacturing employers may pay their employees in trade checks, coupons, or other written documents, but they must allow employees to redeem the item in cash, on or after payday, for face value, minus any amount that may be owed by the employee to the employer. An employer that fails to pay the employee in cash on time may face a fine of an additional 25 percent on the face value of the check if the amount claimed is $100 or less (MS Code Sec. 71-1-39).