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Payment of Wages: Florida

Payment of Wages requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Vicki M. Lambert, The Payroll Advisor


  • Employers in Florida may pay employees' wages in cash or by check, draft, note, memorandum or other acknowledgment of indebtedness. Employers may also pay wages by direct deposit or electronic paycard, if certain requirements are met. Specific rules apply to labor pools. See Wage Payment Methods.
  • Labor pools and farm labor contractors are prohibited from making certain deductions from the pay of workers. See Permitted and Prohibited Wage Deductions.
  • Labor pools are required to provide day laborers with pay statements. See Pay Statement Requirements.
  • If an employee dies before all wages due have been paid, the employer may pay the unpaid amounts to certain relatives in a particular order. See Deceased Employee Wages.
  • Employers that are holding unclaimed wages are required to notify affected employees, file a report and remit the wages to the state according to a specified procedure. Penalties are imposed for noncompliance. See Unclaimed Wages.
  • Miami-Dade County and Pinellas County have requirements pertaining to the payment of wages. See Local Requirements.