Check Cashing Fees.
If you pay a fee to cash your paycheck or withdraw your wages with a payroll card or payroll debit card, or your paycheck bounces, call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your case.
We do not charge for consultations.
We can help clients in Los Angeles and throughout California who have paid a fee to cash their paychecks, get their wages with a payroll card or have been paid with a bad check.
Paycheck Laws in California
While employers have some flexibility in how they pay employees, state and federal laws govern how wages are paid. When it comes to employee rights, especially the right to be paid on time and in full, California may be the most protective state. When and how you must be paid while employed or when you quit or are terminated, and your right to collect your wages without paying a fee is covered by California laws.
Paying a Fee to Cash Your Paycheck
Section 212 of the California Labor Code requires employers to make arrangements for employees to get their wages in full (without paying a fee). Suppose a bank normally imposes a fee to cash paychecks from non-customers. In that case, the Labor Code states that the employer must make some arrangements to comply with the law, such as arranging for the checks to be cashed without charge by the bank or by designating a location in California where the check can be cashed for free and stating the name and address of that facility on the check.
Section 212 protections extend to any wages paid or advanced by “instant pay” or “earned wage access” applications. These types of applications offer people the chance to cash their wages before the actual pay date. Even though the fees associated with such applications are nominal, they are still prohibited under California’s state labor code. For some businesses, the solution is to pay the fees on behalf of their employees, effectively eliminating the problem.