Under the California Labor Code, hourly, salaried and commissioned employees are subject to different payment standards. However, there are some general guidelines that employers must follow, and failure to pay an employee at the appropriate time could lead to an unpaid wages claim.
If you’re an hourly employee, you must receive payment for your wages at least two times every month. However, if you’re an hourly-paid professional, administrator or executive, your employer might only need to pay you once per month. For hourly employees requiring a twice-monthly wages payment, the first period for payment should land at some point between the 1st and 15th day of the month and the second payment should land at some point between the 16th and 26th of the month.
When work is completed from the 16th day of the month through the very end of the month, pay for that month must be made between the 1st and 10th of the next month. If the employer fails to pay by this time, then the wages will be viewed as late and the employer may be subjected to high penalties by the court.
Los Angeles employees who have not been paid by their employers will have the right to demand payment in court. As such, if you have been trying to get paid for your hours, but your employer is resisting, know that you don’t merely have to ask nicely to get paid your due. Indeed, with the assistance of an experienced hourly wage lawyer, like those at the Bononi Law Group in Los Angeles, California workers can submit legal claims to get not only the money they’re owed, but they can pursue additional claims for damages like attorneys fees, court costs and other damages.