As an employee in the state of New Jersey (or anywhere else in the country), you expect to receive payment in full and on time.
Unfortunately, there are times when employers neglect to live up to their end of the agreement. There are situations when this is an honest mistake, as well as times when it’s an intentional act.
While some states have complex pay day requirements, New Jersey is straightforward for the most part.
New Jersey requires that employees receive pay on a semi-monthly or monthly basis. Employers have the power to pay supervisory, bona fide executive and other special classification employees on a once per month schedule.
What should you do if you aren’t paid?
A missed paycheck is a big deal, especially if you need the money to make ends meet. The first step after you’ve missed a paycheck is to notify your employer of the issue. Explain that you’ve yet to receive payment, and ask them what went wrong.
If your employer has a good excuse for the missed payment and pays you immediately, you can chalk it up as a mistake (at least for the time being). However, if your employer attempts to hide the real reason from you, while not making an attempt to pay you, it’s time to learn more about your legal rights.
You may have no choice but to file a lawsuit, as this shows your employer that you mean business. Also, don’t be surprised to find that your coworkers are taking similar action, as they may be in the same position as you.