by Ethan Stone, Stone Business Law
First, a quick but important clarification: I’m not your lawyer and this answer doesn’t establish a lawyer-client relationship. I’m giving a generic answer to a generic question to educate the users of this site. The information below is general in nature and should not be understood as a substitute for personal legal advice.
The answer to this question depends on state law. In California, and many other states, the answer is no.
California Law requires an “itemized statement” including the following:
Given the numerous state and federal rules and regulations pertaining to paying employees, withholding taxes etc., most employers prefer to use a payroll service, such as ADP, Ceridian, Insperity and Paychex (there are many others and I’m not endorsing any of them), to deal with their payroll and generate the paystubs.