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What to do if your paycheck is late

If your employer does not pay you your paycheck on schedule, your personal matters can swing out of control quickly. If you're like most people, you depend on your employer's timeliness to make sure that you can pay your bills and put food on the table. But what do you do if your employer doesn't pay you promptly?

Whenever it comes to employment and wage issues, it is useful to consult with an experienced employees' rights attorney. An employer not paying you is a serious matter, and you may have a number of ways to use the strength of the law to rectify the situation.

It is usually simplest to begin by informing your employer of the mistake in writing and ask that they issue you the owed wages immediately. In many cases, unpaid wages are the result of an administrative error, and not an intentional slight to you as an employee. By informing your employer in a matter of fact way, you offer them the opportunity to resolve the matter quickly and fairly without straining your relationship.

However, if the employer continues to refuse to give you payment, you can contact the state labor agency and report the issue. These agencies oversee employer-employee relations and investigate allegations of unfair practices. You may even have to file a suit in small claims court or possibly superior court.

Don't hesitate to consult with an attorney if you believe that your employer is intentionally denying you payment. You may have to flex some legal muscles to compel an employer to realize their error and correct it appropriately.

Source: FindLaw, "Payday Laws and Your Right to a Timely Paycheck," accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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