Debit Cards: New Payroll Option for Florida Employers

  • July 9, 2009

Florida employers now have the option of using payroll debit cards to pay their employees.  The state has amended its wage law to include payroll debit cards as an instrument for the payment of wages and salary, effective July 1.

Prior to enactment of the amendment (H.R. 569), the permissible instruments of payment under Section 532.01 of the Florida Statutes included:

  • An order,
  • A check,
  • A draft,
  • A note,
  • A memorandum, or
  • Any other acknowledgment of indebtedness.

Employers that choose to use payroll debit cards or any of the other means noted must ensure that the instrument is negotiable and payable in cash, on demand, without discount, at an established place of business in the state, the name and address of which must appear on the instrument or in the payroll debit card issuing materials.

The statute also requires that sufficient funds must be available to make the payment at the time of issuance and for at least 30 days.

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