“Wages” defined. Under South Carolina law, “wages” are defined as “all amounts at which labor rendered is recompensed, whether the amount is fixed or ascertained on a time, task, piece, or commission basis, or other method of calculating the amount and includes vacation, holiday, and sick leave payments which are due to an employee under any employer policy or employment contract” (SC Code Sec. 41-10-10et seq.). Funds placed in pension plans or profit-sharing plans are not considered wages.
Private employers have the right to select when and how frequently to pay employees. Most pay biweekly or bimonthly. Employers must notify employees in writing, at the time of hire, of the normal hours and wages agreed upon, the time and place of payment, and the deductions that will be made from wages. Notice of deductions includes payments to insurance programs (SC Code Sec. 41-10-30). Textile companies must make weekly payments to their employees. State government employees must be paid in twice-monthly installments (SC Code Sec. 8-11-35.).
Wages may be paid in cash, by check, or by direct deposit. Also, South Carolina has no specific restrictions on the use of payroll cards (SC Code Sec. 41-10-40).
Direct deposit. Employers may deposit employees' wages directly into a bank or other financial institution, provided the employee is given a statement of earnings and withholdings. Any wage deposit plan adopted by an employer must entitle each employee to at least one withdrawal for each deposit, free of any service charge.
No deductions may be made from wages except deductions required by law, such as Social Security and income tax, and deductions that are authorized in ...