SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2004 official edition, is hereby amended in line 30 by inserting after the word Discrimination the following:- Electronic wage card, is a card or other similar medium issued by an employer to an employee in order for an employee to receive payment of wages from an employer and where said employee’s wages are deposited into an account that is established and controlled by the employer or by a third party as designated by an employer; provided further that having employees pay for the implementation of said electronic wage card wage system shall be prohibited.
SECTION 2. Section 148 of chapter 149 of the General Laws is hereby amended in line 95 after the words to be reasonable by inserting the following:- Any employer paying wages by electronic wage card shall provide for such employee such facilities for the employee to be able to withdraw the employee’s wages in full without fee on or after the employee’s pay day, and shall provide that any fees associated with usage of the card after the card’s initial transaction are disclosed in advance to the employee, except that the employer is not responsible for disclosing third party fees that are not within control of the employer.
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