Wages defined. Wages include salaries, commissions, holiday and vacation pay, overtime pay, severance or dismissal pay, supplementary unemployment compensation benefits when required under a binding collective bargaining agreement, bonuses, and other similar advantages promised under an employer's policy or practice of making such payments (WI Stat. Sec. 109.01).
Employers must pay employees at least monthly and not more than 31 days after the end of the pay period (quarterly for loggers and farm laborers) or in accordance with a labor agreement. There are several exceptions to this rule. Employers may establish more frequent pay periods than monthly if they choose (WI Stat. Sec. 109.03). Wages must be paid to employees absent on paydays within 6 days of a request for payment.
Wages may be paid in cash, check, draft, or by direct deposit. Checks must be payable at some designated place of business in the county in which the work was performed, at the office of the employer (if it is in Wisconsin), or at any bank in Wisconsin (WI Stat. Sec. 103.45). There is no specific provision under Wisconsin law regarding payroll cards.
Direct deposit. Wisconsin labor standards laws do not directly address the issue of direct deposit of wages. However, several laws have an indirect impact on how direct deposit programs may be used. Wages paid in a method other than cash must be paid in some designated place of business in the county in which the work was performed, or at the office of the person paying the wages if within this state, or at any bank within the state (WI Stat. Sec. 103.45). This means that a direct deposit system must utilize a Wisconsin facility, unless the employee ...