cards and not make them mandatory. Payroll cards are reloadable debit cards that are funded with employee wages each pay period. Employers that opt to use such cards can save on the cost of printing and mailing paychecks. Employees who don't have bank accounts may also benefit from pay cards, because workers can use the cards to pay bills and avoid check-cashing fees. The biggest federal issue with payroll cards is that businesses can't mandate that the funds be redeemed at a specific financial institution, said Richard Greenberg, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in New York City. Such a mandate would violate the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), which covers direct deposits and payroll cards.
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