My employer’s bad check bounced.
Isn’t that illegal under the labor laws?

Bounced check from employer

Most people never experience this, but a bounced employer check is a reality for many people. After an honest day’s work, it is an insult to be handed a check returned for NSF. What’s more, you have a family to feed and bills to pay – how can an employer be allowed to write bad checks to you?


Some employers continually write bad checks to workers, forcing employees to go to check cashing places, usually in vain. If this happens to you, it is not unusual to accumulate hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in back pay from an employer.

Do you have rights against bounced employer checks or late pay?

Under federal banking law, an employer is required to have enough funds in the bank to cover the check, and in all states employers are required to pay employees on time for their services. It is illegal in almost every state for employers to purposely bounce employee checks.

Many employers keep doing so because workers just accept what they are given and if they are paid back eventually, then this can quickly become just a negative aspect of that job – something you hate but assume you can’t change. Usually, employers engaged in this practice have other illegal or shady schemes going on, including:

  • Manually keeping track of employee hours;
  • Shaving off an employee’s hours worked;
  • Frequently changing an employee’s time sheet, or claiming they can “fix” your hours;
  • Frequently paying employees late;
  • Giving employees incorrect check stub statements.

Are you given incorrect check stubs?

Employers are required by federal law to keep accurate track of employee time records and pay information. If any of the required information is incorrect, you have the right to demand your fair pay. Your check stubs should reflect:

  • The date of the payroll period,
  • Your total hours worked,
  • Your gross pay,
  • Your pay rate,
  • Your overtime rate and overtime hours (if applicable),
  • Vacation pay (if applicable),
  • Any and all deductions.

What can you do?

If bounced checks or late pay are happening to you, you should keep precise track of your work hours and days worked. If you suspect something’s wrong, we find it usually is. You can contact our employment lawyers to review your check stubs for free to find out if you are being paid correctly. You can also order our free book, The 10 Biggest Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Wage and Overtime Claim, to learn everything your employer doesn’t want you to know about wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Our firm has recovered back pay and overtime pay for employees in Texas and nationwide.