New Jersey Paychecks: What you need to know

“Wages” defined. “Wages” include all amounts due for labor or service performed by an employee for which the employee has a reasonable expectation of payment. Wages may be fixed or determined by time, job, piecework, commission, or any other method.
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Employers must pay all wages twice a month on regular paydays designated in advance that are no more than 10 days after the end of the pay period. If the payday falls on a nonworkday, employees must be paid on the preceding day except where a collective bargaining agreement provides otherwise. An employer may establish monthly paydays on a regularly established schedule for bona fide executive, supervisory, and other special classifications of employees (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:11-4.2).
Wages must be paid in cash or check. Employers that pay their employees by check must provide for full check cashing, without charge or “difficulty,” at a bank or elsewhere (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:11-4.2).
Direct deposit. Employers may deposit employees' wages directly into a bank or other financial institution, provided the employee gives advance consent in writing. Any employee may, on timely notice to the employer, elect not to have his or her wages paid by direct deposit, and may ask to be paid in some other manner. The employee must be furnished with a statement of deductions made from his or her wages for each pay period that deductions are made (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 34:11-4.2a).
Payroll cards. Employers may pay employees with payroll cards if the following conditions are met:
• The employee consents in writing;
• Consent is obtained without intimidation, coercion, or fear of discharge or reprisal for refusal to accept the payroll debit card account ...

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