Utah Paychecks laws & compensation compliance analysis

Utah Paychecks: What you need to know

Wages include amounts due an employee for labor or services on a time, task, piece, commission, or other reasonable method of calculating. Wages also includes the following items, if due under an agreement with the employer or under a policy of the employer (UT Admin. Code R610-3-4):
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• Vacation pay
• Holiday pay
• Sick leave pay
• Paid time off
• Severance payments and bonuses
Private employers must pay their nonsalaried employees at least semimonthly. Pay must be distributed within 10 days of the close of each pay period or on the preceding day if a payday falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday (UT Code Sec. 34-28-3). Employees who receive a yearly salary may be paid monthly, but no later than the seventh day of the month following the one in which the pay was earned. More frequent paydays are permitted.
Wages must be paid in cash or by check, redeemable in cash, at a bank whose name and address are displayed prominently on the face of the check. An employer may pay wages by electronic deposit to a bank or other financial institution designated by the employee. An employee may refuse to have his or her wages deposited by electronic transfer by filing a written request with the employer. An employee may not refuse to have his or her wages deposited by electronic transfer if:
• For the calendar year preceding the pay period for which the employee is being paid, the employer's federal employment tax deposits were $250,000 or more; and
• At least two-thirds of the employees have their wages deposited by electronic transfer (UT Code Sec. 34-28-3).
An employer may not deduct amounts from an employee's wages unless required or permitted by law or as authorized by the employee in ...

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