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Payment Methods

Under the Payment of Wages Act, 1991, the following methods of payment, among others, are permitted -

  • a cheque or bank draft drawn on any of the commercial banks or a Trustee Savings Bank
  • a Payable Order or Warrant, issued by a Minister of the Government, Local Authority, etc.
  • a Postal Order, Money Order or Payable Order Warrant issued by or drawn on An Post
  • a credit transfer to an account specified by the employee
  • cash

Employers are required to make alternative arrangements for wage payment where a strike or other industrial action affects a financial institution and as a result of which cash is not readily available to employees who are paid wages other than in cash. In such circumstances, wages may be paid with the employee's consent by another one of the legally acceptable modes of wage payment (other than cash) listed in Section 2(1) of the Act. Otherwise, the employer must pay the wages in cash.