If our company sent our paychecks out early but we were told that if we cash them early we would be fired, is that legal?

Asked on December 12, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

An employer need only pay its workers on time. To the extent that it distributes paychecks early, it is perfectly permissible for it to mandate that they not be cashed earlier then the date on which they are due. That is unless doing so constitutes a breach of the terms of a union agreement or employment contract.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

It is legal. The company's obligation is to simply pay you on time. If for whatever reason, they got the checks to you early but told you to not cash or deposit them until the day your normally would, they have done nothing wrong.

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