Maryland Paychecks laws & compensation compliance analysis

Maryland Paychecks: What you need to know

"Employer" includes any person who employs an individual in the state.
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Wages include all compensation due an employee for employment. Wages include a bonus, a commission, a fringe benefit, overtime wages, or any other remuneration promised for service (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-501).
Frequency. Employers must establish semimonthly or biweekly pay periods for most employees (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-502). Professional, administrative, and executive employees may be paid less frequently. If the regular payday of an employee is a nonworkday, an employer must pay the employee on the preceding workday (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-502 (b)). The statute does not define nonworkday, and it is unclear if it pertains to paydays that fall on holidays.
Wages must be paid in cash or by a check that may be cashed, without discount, at a bank or other financial institution that is readily available to the employee (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-502).
Direct deposit. In the private sector, employers cannot require direct deposit, but wages may be paid by direct deposit if the employee authorizes it. State employees hired before the effective date of regulations on direct deposit may not be required to accept direct deposit. Also, employees may request an exemption from direct deposit, and all newly hired employees must be notified of the right to request an exemption to direct deposit rules.
Payroll cards. With the employee's authorization, an employer may pay the employee via a payroll debit card provided that any fees applicable to the debit card are disclosed in at least 12–point font.
No deductions may be made from wages, ...

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