I've never asked for one when I was employed and not once I have submitted to request from any of 10 employees I had a few years ago. It's definitely bad practice( to give advance) which can become problem if you make habit of getting used to it. It might sound strict, but your employee has to be fiscally responsible and have sufficient reserves , just like businesses do, to be able to live off of it for 6 month period. My occasional helper is exact opposite of what I just described. He went trough his insurance settlement funds like a hurricane a got left with nothing within one month. No way I would give him advance ...If you have or ever going to have employees this will come up. Do you give or offer cash advances? Did it work out if so?