Whether your employer is required to give you a paycheck stub will depend on the state in which you live. There is no federal law that requires an employer to provide paycheck stubs to their employees. Federal law only states that your employer is required to keep accurate records of hours worked and wages paid.
While you still have the right to view your record of hours worked and wages paid, your employer may not have to provide an actual paycheck stub. Your state law will fall into one of four categories: no requirement, access state, access/print state or opt-in/opt-out state.
No Requirement States
- South Dakota
If you work in any of the states listed above, it is up to your employer to decide if you receive paycheck stubs. If your employer does not provide access to your paycheck stubs, you still have the right to view your records.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
If you work in any of these states, your employer is required to give you “access” to your paycheck stubs. This means that your employer does not have to give you paper copies of your paycheck stubs. All they have to do is make sure that you have access to view your paycheck stubs. If you do not have access to view your paycheck stubs, they must issue paper paycheck stubs.
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
The states above require that employers not only give access to their employees to view their paycheck stubs, but also to ensure the capability of being able to print paycheck stubs if not already providing paper copies.
These three states allow employers to electronically deliver paycheck stubs, but gives the employee the right to opt-out and instead receive their paycheck stubs by paper.
Hawaii is the only state that requires employee consent before delivering paycheck stubs electronically. If you don’t want to receive your paycheck electronically, your employer will have to provide it by paper.
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