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Ronald M. Gaswirth Carrie B. Hoffman Stephen B. Lindsey Welcome to Session 259 STRATEGIC AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF PAYROLL CARD DEPLOYMENT.

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1 Ronald M. Gaswirth Carrie B. Hoffman Stephen B. Lindsey Welcome to Session 259 STRATEGIC AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF PAYROLL CARD DEPLOYMENT

2 About the Presenters RONALD M. GASWIRTH Partner Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Served as Regional Solicitor for the Department of Labor Practice Group Leader and Founder of Garderes Labor & Employment Section Handles all types of employment law cases, including individual and class action discrimination; Department of Labor matters (OSHA, Wage and Hour, OFCCP) Assists nationwide clients in implementation of paycards

3 About the Presenters CARRIE B. HOFFMAN Partner Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Handles all types of employment discrimination cases Assists clients in government investigations (EEOC, DOL) Counsels clients on employment matters Assists nationwide clients on implementation of paycards

4 About the Presenters STEPHEN B. LINDSEY Manager Deloitte Consulting Focus area in HR strategy, operations & service delivery Assists clients with business case development, implementation and overall integration of technology to deliver HR information Lead change management, communication and training related to HR service delivery, ERP implementation and organizational change Assists clients on implementation of paycards

5 Deployment Strategy Companies can deliver pay to employees through various methods. The lowest cost method is direct deposit. The highest cost method is a paper paycheck. In between are payroll cards. Payroll cards work just like ATM or check cards. Payroll cards can lower an organizations spend on production and distribution of paper checks. If implemented with other technologies such as employee self-service, payroll cards can be part of an overall paperless strategy to eliminate paper based employee processes.

6 Deployment Strategy Payroll cards have been targeted at companies with a high un-banked workforce. Employees in these companies can typically pay a 5-10% fee to cash their pay checks. Payroll cards provide additional security that paper based checks cannot provide.

7 Deployment Strategy Payroll cards function like PIN based debit cards, check cards or ATM cards. They can be used at PIN based point of sale (POS) locations for purchases, at ATMs for cash withdrawals or in other capacities. Payroll cards can be used to make purchases and get cash at : Over 5 million retail Point Of Sale (POS) locations Most any ATM Payroll cards fall into two categories: Non-Branded (No Visa/MC Logo) Branded (Visa/MC Logo)

8 Early Movers Vendors

9 Deployment Strategy Employer Benefits: Reduce/eliminate check processing and distribution Reduce/eliminate postage fee Reduce/eliminate off cycle checks Simplify corrections & stop payments Near-instant termination pay/corrections Reduce/eliminate lost, stolen or spoiled checks Employee Benefits: Reduce/eliminate the need to go to a bank for check cashing Eliminate check cashing costs Reduce the amount of cash carried (cant cash half a check) Introduction to the benefits of banking/account ownership Additional card features (phone card, money transfer capability) Timely card replacement Nationwide access

10 Deployment Strategy Employer Watch Areas: Accurate business case development Fielding a dedicated project team Understanding plan design implications Integration into current payroll processes Commitment to proactive change management and communications Legal due diligence Employee Watch Areas: Lifestyle change Not so obvious costs High card usage Concern over security- ATMs Access concerns

11 Deployment Strategy Payroll cards work in the same manner as a standard direct deposit. The payroll card account can be funded multiple ways: ACH (Direct deposit) File/Wire Transfer Employer Costs The program can be free to the employer ACH transaction costs ($.05 to $.20 per transaction) Card load fee ($0 to $.50 per transaction) Wire transfer fee $15 to $25 per transfer Employee Costs Free initial transaction every pay period POS fee $.75 ATM fee $1.25-$1.50

12 Moving a significant portion of the employee population from live checks to direct deposit or a payroll card could deliver cost savings to both the company and its employees. Example- Bi-weekly payroll with approx. 11,000 employees, a $2 per pay check/stub cost and a direct deposit rate of 40%

13 Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation State Pay Day Laws Almost every state has own wage payment law and own agency to enforce law Most laws outdated Many are being updated Agencies enforce according to own agenda Need lawyers who know the traps

14 Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation Need understanding of legal aspects when designing paycard program E-card: mandatory direct deposit Stored value card: trust account Form of available blank checks Decide whether participation will be mandatory Consider direct deposit mandate

15 Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation Kentucky : Statute requires payment in legal tender of the United States or checks on banks convertible into cash on demand at full face value Statute silent as to paycards and direct deposit Kentucky DOLs policy permits mandatory direct deposit Even without DOL position – paycard with blank check

16 Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation Nevada: Prior statute: silent regarding paycards Amended the Administrative Code August 25, 2004: Permits paycards Restrictions Immediate payment in full One free transaction per pay period Optional at Employees election

17 Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation New Mexico: Pay wages in lawful money of U.S. or in checks, payroll vouchers or drafts on banks, convertible into cash on demand at full face value or by direct deposit if voluntary Nothing prohibits pay cards Stored value format Blank check option

18 Fair Labor Standards Act (federal law) Requires payment in cash or negotiable instrument payable at par Paycards technically violate FLSA DOL does not pursue complaints about payment by paycard DOLs own position approving direct deposit is inconsistent with letter of law Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Implementation

19 Strategic and Legal Aspects of Payroll Card Deployment Payroll Card Adoption Considerations: Business case development Integration with current payroll platform and processes Payroll card vendor search and selection Plan design attributes Look at the states in which you operate Choose format for best coverage Opinion letter requests/ Lobbying efforts Implementation/ Change management Employee communication and training Handling state agency complaints Feedback and process improvement

20 For more information on this topic Go to The IHRIM Learning Center IHRIM Publications

21 Session 259 STRATEGIC AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF PAYROLL CARD DEPLOYMENT IHRIM needs your feedback! Please complete a session evaluation for Thank you!


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