Checking that keeps up with you.

Wish you could find a checking account that made it easy to avoid check fees and service fees? How about an account that includes a free Visa® debit card with unlimited ATM transactions? Well, we have customizable options that include all of that, plus the opportunity to earn interest on your balance and choose overdraft protection. If you’re looking for an easy decision, you should check out our Merit Access checking account!

When you do, keep in mind that our members also have a unique opportunity to share in the financial success of their credit union. We reward members for their loyalty to Empeople.  The more connected to us through your use of products and services, the better return of your Owner Participation Account Rebate. This year-end rebate returns excess earnings to you for your continued loyalty to the credit union. Read tips on how to maximize your Owner Participation Account Rebate here.

eAccess Checking

No monthly balance required.

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Requirements

  • No minimum balance required to open
  • No monthly balance requirement
  • Direct deposit

Features

  • No dividends earned
  • Write ten free checks per month, pay $.10 per check after
  • No monthly service charge* with direct deposit or payroll deduction
  • Overdraft protection and courtesy pay available
  • Free online bill pay
  • Funds insured up to $250,000
  • Free Visa® debit card

*Without direct deposit, a $3 monthly service charge applies.

Merit Access Checking

Dividends earned and unlimited check writing.

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Requirements

  • No minimum balance required to open
  • Average monthly balance of $250*

Features

  • Earns dividends with required average monthly balance
  • Write up to 30 checks, then $.10 fee applied
  • Overdraft protection and courtesy pay available
  • Direct deposit
  • Free online bill pay
  • Funds insured up to $250,000
  • Free Visa® debit card

*Without average monthly balance, a $3 monthly service charge applies.

Ready Reserve Checking

Pull out all the stops.

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Requirements

  • No minimum balance required to open
  • Minimum checking account balance of $5,000*

Features

  • Earn dividends with a balance of $10,000 or more
  • Write unlimited checks
  • No monthly service charge*
  • Overdraft protection and courtesy pay available
  • Direct deposit
  • Free online bill pay
  • Funds insured up to $250,000
  • Free Visa® debit card

*If the minimum required balance is not maintained, a $10 monthly service charge applies.

These Features Are Available With Every Empeople Checking Account:

Direct Deposit

Access your money faster with Direct Deposit.  Funds go directly into your account, so it’s easy to access your pay right away—especially helpful if you’re traveling!

Standard Pay Deposit

For Non-Empeople Employees

Use our Direct Deposit Form for paychecks not related to John Empeople payroll, government agency employment or social security pay.

Empeople Payroll

For Empeople Employees

  1. Access your Employee Self-Service website at John Empeople ESS
  2. Login with your Empeople username and password
  3. Click on the My Payroll link
  4. Once you are logged in, click the link to Banking Information to set up your direct deposit!

Empeople Retirees or Social Security Pay

Empeople Retirees
Contact Empeople Direct at (888) 432-3373 for assistance.

Social Security Pay
To set up direct deposit of your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, call the helpline at (800) 333-1795 or visit the Treasury’s website at: https://www.ssa.gov/deposit

Overdraft Protection

Accidents happen. That’s why overdraft protection is a good thing. We make it easy to use your savings account or a standing line of credit to make overdrafts a thing of the past.

Overdraft protection can assist in covering items coming through your checking account. The Credit Union can set up your account to overdraw from a line of credit or savings account. Fees may apply. Please contact the Credit Union if you would like to know how your account is set up.

Make sure you’re covered. Log-in to Digital Banking, select the Orange Gear Wheel, next to your Checking Account, select Overdraft Protection, and follow the onscreen instructions.  Or, simply give us a call at (800) 338-6739.

Courtesy Pay

Have you ever made an honest mistake in your checkbook? Or, found yourself a “little short” before payday? Perhaps you’ve had an unusual or unforeseen expense at the wrong time.  Relax, you may deserve special consideration.

Courtesy Pay safeguards you from the potential embarrassment of bouncing a check with a merchant or having your debit card declined when taking a friend to dinner. Neither the merchant nor other patrons will be aware of the status of your account. To learn more about how your account is setup, please contact us.

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