Connecticut Paychecks laws & compensation compliance analysis

Connecticut Paychecks: What you need to know

Payday. Connecticut requires wages to be paid weekly, or once every 2 weeks, no later than 8 days after the last day of the pay period. Employers are required to establish a regular payday (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-71b(a)) and to pay employees on the workday before if the regular payday falls on a nonwork day, such as a holiday (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-71b(b)). The commissioner may, upon application, waive the payday requirement with respect to any particular week or weeks and permit any employer to establish regular pay periods less frequently than once every 2 weeks, provided each employee affected is paid in full at least once in each calendar month on a regularly established schedule.
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Form of payment. CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-71b(a) requires that wages must be paid in cash, by negotiable check or, upon an employee's written or electronic request, by direct deposit to the employee’s bank account.
Wages may also be paid via payroll card, provided that (1) every employee has the option of receiving wages, salary, or other compensation by direct deposit and by negotiable check; and (2) the employee voluntarily and expressly authorizes, in writing or electronically, the payment of wages, salary, or other compensation by means of a payroll card account without any intimidation, coercion, or fear of discharge or reprisal for a refusal to accept pay via a payroll card account. Employers cannot require the use of a payroll card account.
Before an employee elects to receive pay by means of a payroll card account, the employer must provide clear and conspicuous notice, in writing, of the following:
• That payment of wages, salary, or other compensation by means of a payroll card account is voluntary, ...

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