The state of Vermont is interpreting its statute under 21 V.S.A. §343,
requiring that wages be paid in cash or by check, to mean that employers may
not pay wages using the new paycards (salary debit cards).
This is because paycards do not fit the definition of cash or checks under
the Vermont Uniform Commercial Code. This applies even if the employer does
not require employee participation in the paycard program (popular with employees
without bank accounts) or pass along any costs associated with paycards to employees.