As an employee, you expect your employer to pay you in full and on time, regardless of the circumstances of the company. Even if times are tough, you have the right to receive payment for the work you provided.
However, there may come a time when your employer doesn’t pay you based on your regular payroll schedule. While there could be a good reason for this, such as a mistake by the payroll processor, you shouldn’t hesitate to learn more about what is happening.
Here are the basic steps you should take if your paycheck is late:
- Contact your employer: This typically means getting in touch with the HR department or company owner with the idea of finding out exactly what is happening. It’s best to do so immediately and in writing, keeping detailed notes for your personal records.
- Follow-up: Your employer is likely to offer a reason for the delay. It’s okay to believe them, if this type of thing has never happened in the past, but don’t wait long to follow up with them. Remember that even if they have an excuse, it’s still no reason not to pay you on time.
- File a claim: Should your employer ignore you or continually put you off, it’s time to file a claim with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Not only does it show your employer that you’re serious, but it brings the issue to the attention of a government agency that can help.
It’s extremely frustrating if your employer doesn’t issue a paycheck when you expect it, not to mention the fact that it can turn your finances upside down. If you face this issue, take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.