Most people assume that if they work, they get paid but how often? Are you entitled to a paycheck that comes during a regular pay period? In short, it depends on your state’s particular law. For instance, it could be dependent upon your job, contract and state of residence. For example, in California, farm laborers are must be paid on a weekly basis on a specified business day. This post will briefly discuss the general principles that underlie regular pay periods.
First of all, there is one rule to which you should pay attention. Are you an employee or independent contractor? Employees are entitled to regular paychecks however independent contractors are not. For an independent contractor, the business relationship is primarily governed by the contract.
Once you determine you are an employee, then you are entitled to a paycheck on either a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly period. Very rarely can your employer pay you on any greater period than monthly. Also pay attention to any employee handbook, internal memorandums or contracts. These additional agreements bind both you and your employer.
If you believe that your employer violated your rights then you may want to speak to an employment attorney. Your regular right to a paycheck depends upon two factors, state law and any employment contract you may have. An attorney can help you review both to determine your pay period. It doesn’t seem necessary, for you to fight for a paycheck, but people run companies. Sometimes it is a mistake and sometimes it is because your boss thinks he can take advantage.