Q. Over the last six months, we have made several attempts to mail a former employee her last paycheck by certified mail. We believe that we have the correct address because we mailed her other items by regular mail during this period and none have been returned. What legal obligations do we have, if any, to get this check to her? —R.Y., Washington, D.C.
A. It sounds like you have done about all you can under the circumstances. Since regular mail seems to reach her, you may want to send the check by regular mail and stop payment after a few weeks if it isn't cashed.
If the check is returned or is not cashed, you can't just keep the money in your account. Under D.C. law, employers must report and remit unclaimed wages in excess of $50 annually to the D.C. government.