Washington Paychecks laws & HR compliance analysis

Washington Paychecks: What you need to know

Wages must be paid on established paydays. A payment interval may be daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly. The maximum interval between paydays is 1 month. If an employer pays wages on a basis of a pay period that is less than 1 month, the regular payday shall be no later than 10 calendar days after the end of the pay period. If an employer pays wages on a basis of a monthly pay period, the employer may establish a regular system under which wages for work performed in the last 7 days of the month may be paid with the wages for the next pay period. Employers may establish a separate payday for overtime wages if such wages cannot be determined until after the regular payday (WA Admin. Code Sec. 296-126-023).
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Wages must be paid by cash, check, or direct deposit. Employers may require payment of wages by direct deposit as long as there is no cost to the workers. When there is a fee or cost associated with direct deposit, employees must be offered a choice of direct deposit or a payroll check. In addition, employers that pay their employees by direct deposit must ensure such deposits have been made and are available to workers on the established payday.
An employer may not take deductions from an employee's paycheck unless required or permitted by law or authorized in writing by the employee.
Employees who are discharged or who quit or resign must be paid all wages due on the next regular payday (WA Rev. Code Sec. 49.48.010). Employees who work for more than one employer in the same industry may be paid their final paycheck in accordance with an established approved plan.
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