Virginia Paychecks laws & HR compliance analysis

Virginia Paychecks: What you need to know

Employers must pay salaried employees once a month. Hourly employees must be paid every 2 weeks or twice a month. Employees whose weekly wages are greater than 150 percent of the average weekly wage in Virginia may agree to be paid once a month, at the employer's option. Students in work-study programs must be paid no less often than once a month (VA Code Sec. 40.1-29). There is an exception for certain employees whose weekly wages total more than 150 percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth (VA Code Sec. 65.2-500).
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Wages may be paid in cash, by check, by direct deposit into an account in the name of the employee at a financial institution designated by the employee, or by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account from which the employee is able to withdraw or transfer funds. Employers that pay their employees by check must provide for check cashing without charge at a bank or elsewhere. Employers who pay by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account must fully disclosure any applicable fees and obtain affirmative consent from the employee before using such an arrangement (VA Code Sec. 40.1-28.9; VA Code Sec. 40.1-29).
Direct deposit. Employers cannot require the direct deposit of paychecks. However, if an employee who is hired after January 1, 2010, fails to designate an account for the receipt of direct deposits, the employer may pay wages or salaries to the employee by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account. Employers may pay employees by cash, check, or direct deposit into an account in the name of the employee at a financial institution designated by the employee or by credit to a prepaid debit card or card account from which the employee ...

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