Can my job pay me late?
Both California and Federal law protect employees when their employers pay them late. If your employer pays you late call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your case.
We can help clients in all of California when they are paid late.
There is no charge for consultations.
In what industries does it happen frequently and why?
Paying employees late happens in almost every kind and every size of business. Some employers may not know their responsibilities under California law (especially employers based out of state) to pay their workers on time and in full. Others may be aware of the law but choose to ignore it and pay their workers hoping they get away with it, and deal with the consequences if they get caught. Other companies expect fast growth then get overwhelmed by bills and struggle to pay employees. Whatever the justification, you are still entitled to be paid your wages in full and on time.
California law on when wages are paid
California law requires all employers to pay their employees on time. This includes wages earned during employment, and when a worker leaves the company (whether the employee quits or is terminated.)
Labor Code section 204 requires that employers generally must pay their employees twice a month. For example, your employer must pay you for all work you do in the first half of the month (between the 1st and the 15th) between the 16th and the 26th of that same month. Similarly, your employer must pay you for all work performed in the second half of the month between the 1st and the 10th of the next month. Alternatively, if an employer pays their weekly, biweekly, or semimonthly employees within seven days of the close of the payroll period, then they’ve paid their workers on time. Another situation is where union members are covered by a collective bargaining agreement the terms of the agreement may provide for different rules on the timing of when wages must be paid and the penalties for paying late. There are other exceptions too.