Sun Devil Labor Contractors Inc. employs about 800 field-workers in California, assigning them to farmers who need temporary help harvesting broccoli, strawberries, lettuce, and other crops.

But unlike most employers, Sun Devil, based in Santa Maria, Calif., does not pay its workers with checks. Instead, it distributes Electronic Paycheck debit cards issued by Goleta National Bank of Goleta, Calif.

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