Vermont Paychecks laws & compensation compliance analysis

Vermont Paychecks: What you need to know

Wages must be paid weekly no later than 6 days following the last day worked in the pay period, unless otherwise provided for in a collective bargaining agreement. After written notice is provided to employees, wages may be paid biweekly or semimonthly no later than 6 days following the last day worked in the pay period. A collective bargaining agreement may provide that wage payment may be made up to 13 days after the end of the pay period (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 342). If an employee is absent from work on a regularly scheduled payday, he or she must be paid on demand. Regarding commissions, while the Vermont Supreme Court held that commissions constitute wages under the wage and hour statute, it has declined to specify when an employer is required to pay commissions pursuant to that statute (Stowell v. Action Moving and Storage, Inc., 2007 VT 46, 933 A.2d 1128, 1133).
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Wages may be paid in cash, or by check redeemable without charge, at a bank or elsewhere (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 343).
Direct deposit. Employers must have written authorization from employees to use direct deposit (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 342).
An electronic wage statement may be issued in lieu of paper if the statement is available at the time wages are paid; the employee has electronic access to the statement, such as at a computer terminal, at no cost to the employee; and each individual employee’s privacy is protected and kept confidential.
Payroll card. With the written authorization of an employee, an employer may pay wages due an employee via a credit to a payroll card account. The employer must provide the employee with written disclosure of the employee’s wage payment options and the terms and conditions of the ...

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