Timing of Payments
Timing of Payments and the Final Paycheck
“I lost my job when the company closed our local branch. They told me my final paycheck would be in the mail, but that was three months ago. Can my employer pay me late? I keep calling the head office, but nobody calls me back. All I want is my paycheck.”
Most employers are diligent about paying terminated employees on time. Unfortunately, sometimes it is necessary to consult and retain a lawyer for a job not paying in Boston. The attorneys at Gordon Law Group, LLP, based in Boston, represent current and former employees nationwide who find themselves in this situation. If you are concerned about getting paid late by an employer, you can be confident when choosing Gordon Law Group, LLP because our attorneys are frequently cited as being among the best in the nation.
“My Employer Paid Me Late. What are My Rights?”
With some limited exceptions, employers must pay their hourly employees all wages earned either weekly or bi-weekly, and within six or seven days of the particular pay period, depending on the number of days worked. Bona-fide executive, administrative, or professional employees paid on a salary basis may be paid bi-weekly or semi-monthly, unless they elect to be paid monthly.
Discharged (fired or laid off) employees must be paid all wages owed to them on their day of termination. The term “wages” has a broad definition and includes all vacation time earned under the employer’s written or oral policy, regular wages, owed commission, and any other outstanding payments. Employees who quit can be paid their wages as late as the next regular pay day or the first Saturday after they quit.
“If an employer paid me late but my employment agreement says I won’t sue them, do I have any recourse?” The short answer is “yes.”
In Massachusetts, workers have the right to file complaints with the Attorney General’s office for compensation violations regardless of whether they previously agreed not to file lawsuits against their employers. An employment compensation attorney can help you understand your rights and options for pursuing the payments you are owed.
A Labor and Employment Attorney Can Fight for Your Wages
Gordon Law Group, LLP helps employees at all levels of their careers obtain the compensation they are entitled to receive. Dedicated to employee advocacy, our skilled attorneys understand the complexities of wage and employment laws at the federal and state levels and will advocate for your rights.
If your old employer didn’t pay you full wages through your date of termination, contact us today.
This information is not a do-it-yourself guide to resolving employment disputes or handling employment litigation. While some may find this useful for understanding the basic issues and their legal context, it is NOT a substitute for experienced legal counsel and does not provide legal advice. Please contact the team at Gordon Law Group to discuss your specific case.