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Kentucky Paychecks: What you need to know

"Wages" includes all amounts due for labor or service performed by an employee, including salaries, commissions, vested vacation pay, overtime pay, severance or dismissal pay, earned bonuses, and any other advantages agreed upon by the employer and the employee (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.010).
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Kentucky employers must pay wages at least semimonthly (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.020). Payment must be made for all wages earned up to a date that is not more than 18 days prior to the date of payment. These provisions do not apply to employees in bona fide executive, administrative, supervisory, or professional positions, or to outside salespeople and collectors.
An employee who is absent from work, or for any other reason is not paid on payday, must be paid within six days of request for payment.
Miners. Employers of 10 or more persons in a mining operation must pay wages on or before the 15th and 30th of each month, except when prevented from doing so by an unavoidable casualty (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 352.540). Payment must be made for all wages earned up to a date that is not more than 15 days prior to the date of payment. An employee who is absent from work, or for any other reason is not paid on payday, must be paid on demand.
Wages may be paid in cash or by check, redeemable without charge, at a bank or elsewhere (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 337.010).
Direct deposit. Employers may mandate direct deposit into an employee's bank or other financial institution as long as the employee has access to the full amount of wages on payday and incurs no additional costs.
No deductions may be made from wages, except those that are required by law or authorized in writing by the employee and for the ...

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