UNC Charlotte has offered direct deposit of salary and wages, approved employee travel payments, and business expense reimbursements since March 2006. Direct deposit is an efficient, secure and economical method for delivering payments to employees. In keeping with a consistent, cost-effective fiscal policy, UNC Charlotte has adopted the following policy mandating direct deposit.
Effective July 1, 2009, as a condition of new or continued employment, all individuals paid through UNC Charlotte’s payroll system must participate in University’s direct deposit program unless falling within an exception set forth in Part III of this Policy. This Policy applies to all SPA and EPA employees, as well as post-doctoral associates and fellows, graduate students and graduate scholarship/fellowship recipients, undergraduate student workers, part-time employees and temporary employees. Direct deposit will be the payment mechanism for salary and wages, approved employee travel payments, and business expense reimbursements.
There are certain limited circumstances under which payment by paper check rather than direct deposit is necessary or justified, including:
A. Foreign Nationals without a Valid Social Security Number (SSN)
Because U.S. financial institutions generally require a valid SSN for mandatory federal reporting purposes, foreign nationals who experience a waiting period before being issued a SSN may encounter difficulty in opening an account with a U.S. financial institution. Such individuals will be paid temporarily by paper checks but are required to enroll in direct deposit immediately upon issuance of their SSN.
B. Short-Term Payments
Short-term or one-time payments, such as an honorarium to a visiting foreign national, may be exempted by Payroll or Accounts Payable if direct deposit enrollment is not practical.
C. Payment of Federal Work-Study Wages
Federal Work-Study regulations prohibit employers from mandating direct deposit. Work-Study students will be paid by paper check unless they actively authorize direct deposit of their pay.
D. First and Last Payroll Payments
Due to hire date and Payroll processing schedules, the first and last payroll payments to an employee may be processed as a paper check.
E. Other Exceptions
Other exceptions will be considered only for compelling reasons, such as extreme hardship. These exceptions will be granted solely at the discretion of the Controller based on evidence provided by the employee.
A. Human Resources will provide direct deposit enrollment materials in new-hire packets.
B. Employees must enroll in direct deposit within 30 days of the time of hire or rehire by entering their direct deposit information into Banner Self-Service or by completing and submitting the Direct Deposit Enrollment and Change Form to Payroll.
C. All individuals employed prior to July 1, 2009 who are receiving their pay by paper check shall be required to enroll in direct deposit by entering their direct deposit information into Banner Self-Service or by completing and submitting the Direct Deposit Enrollment and Change Form to Payroll prior to June 1, 2009.
D. Direct deposit payments can be deposited to a checking or savings account at any U.S. financial institution. The same account designated by the individual for direct deposit of their payroll check will serve as the individual’s default account for approved employee travel payments and business expense reimbursements. Individuals who wish to have their business-related payments and reimbursements directed to an account other than the one to which their pay is deposited may do so through Banner Self-Service or submission of the Direct Deposit Enrollment and Change Form.
V. Effective Date
This regulation is effective for all payments made to employees on or after July 1, 2009. All payments by paper check following that date will be mailed directly to employees by the University on payday, and will no longer be available for pick-up.