If your company uses payroll cards to compensate its employees, watch out. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into companies that pay hourly employees by depositing payroll onto pre-paid cards. Why the concern? Payroll cards, like debit cards, typically have fees associated with inquiries, card replacement, ATM withdrawals, or inactivity. Schneiderman’s concern is that the fees associated with these cards may be insufficiently disclosed or excessive and that the fees reduce employees’ take home pay. Payroll cards can raise a host of legal issues for the employer as well. For example, federal law prohibits mandatory use of the cards as a condition of employment. It has been reported that many employees have been forced to accept the card. It would be highly advisable for employers to seek competent counsel to ensure their compliance before it’s too late.