Washington Paychecks: What you need to know

Employers must pay wages at least once a month on established regular paydays (WA Admin. Code Sec. 296-128-03). Employers may implement a regular payroll system. To facilitate bookkeeping, employers may delay paying wages for the last 7 days before a payday until the next regular payday. Payment must be made no later than midnight on the established payday. If the paychecks are mailed, the envelope must be postmarked by midnight on the established payday. If a payday falls on a nonbusiness day, payment must be made by midnight of the next business day. Seasonal workers (except for mariners and others whose wages are governed by federal law) may agree in writing to forgo payment until the employment ends.
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Wages must be paid by cash, check, or direct deposit. Employers may require payment of wages by direct deposit as long as there is no cost to the workers. When there is a fee or cost associated with direct deposit, employees must be offered a choice of direct deposit or a payroll check. In addition, employers that pay their employees by direct deposit must ensure such deposits have been made and are available to workers on the established payday.
An employer may not take deductions from an employee's paycheck unless required or permitted by law or authorized in writing by the employee.
Employees who are discharged or who quit or resign must be paid all wages due on the next regular payday (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.48.010). Employees who work for more than one employer in the same industry may be paid their final paycheck in accordance with an established approved plan.
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