If I recently lost a paycheck and know that legally my employer must replace it, can I be held liable for the stop payment charge?

Upon realizing the check was lost I wrote a letter to my employer’s payroll manager explaining the situation and requesting a new check. I have not heard back yet. I understand that employers must reimburse employees for lost paychecks but can my employer pass the stop payment fee for the original check onto me or if they are required to pay this? This is the first time I have lost a paycheck from this employer and I have been employed there for 6 months.

Asked on November 10, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country although the employer is required to replace the paycheck that you lost, since you are the one that lost the check, you are responsible for the stop payment fee for it. After all, you lost the check, not the employer.

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