Feds: Employers Can’t Require Workers To Accept Debit Cards As Pay

WASHINGTON (September 14, 20130—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says companies cannot require employees to receive their pay on debit cards, citing complaints from workers about high and unexpected fees on the cards.

The agency issued a bulletin warning employers against using only so-called payroll cards to pay workers and said that by law workers must be able to choose how they receive their wages.

If they choose to be paid with payroll cards, they are entitled to protections such as disclosure of fees, it said.

Complaints received included fees for withdrawing cash and checking card balances.

A woman who worked at a McDonald's restaurant in northeastern Pennsylvania filed a class-action lawsuit in June against the owners of 16 McDonald's Corp., restaurants in the area, challenging the use of payroll cards and protesting fees.

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