Some employers are going with an option of issuing wages to employees on payroll cards (like prepaid credit cards) instead of issuing checks or making direct deposits into their bank accounts. Here in Indiana, the state issues unemployment benefits that way. Although it might sound like an easy and desirable option, not everyone is thrilled with it.
In fact, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is reporting that employers are reportedly pushing the cards on their workers and that there are some issues.
The primary issue is that there are fees associated with using the cards. Banks are charging usage fees and there are some instances where card holders are charged when simply checking the balance on the card. The CFPB says that those fees carve away at the funds workers and their families have to live.
According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), the CFPB has made clear that employers offering the payroll cards must also allow employees to opt out and clearly disclose fees associated with the cards in order for employees to make an informed choice.
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-Melissa of The Payroll Department Blog Team