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Is your employer withholding your wages for too long?

Your employer is not obligated to pay you on the same day that you render services, but that does not mean that wages can be withheld for an extended period of time.

Generally speaking -- there are minor exceptions in some cases -- workers need to get paid a minimum of two times per month. This system uses calendar months, not simply a span of 30 days.

These paydays also cannot be random. They have to be established in advance. They have to be regular paydays; your employer cannot just randomly choose two days near the end of the month to stay in compliance with the law, changing the system every month.

Moreover, once a system is established, the employer has to put up a notice that tells all employees where they will get paid, what time they'll get paid and on what day these payments happen.

Anything you earn between the start of the month and the 15th of that given month has to be paid out by at least the 26th. Anything you earn after that and before the start of the next month has to be paid by the 10th of that next month.

For instance, wages earned between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 have to be paid by Jan. 26. Wages earned between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31 have to be paid by Feb. 10.

Has your employer been withholding your wages for too long, neglecting to post proper notices or violating these rules in some other way? If so, make sure you know all of the legal options you have.

Source: State of California Department of Industrial Relations, "Paydays, pay periods, and the final wages," accessed May 11, 2018

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