California may be the most protective state when it comes to employee rights, including the right to be paid on time.
California laws on paychecks and paydays cover when you must be paid, what information your employer must provide with your paycheck, when you must receive your final paycheck if you quit or are fired, and what that final paycheck must include.
Generally, California employees have the right to be paid at least twice a month. Compensation earned between the 1st and the 15th of the month must be paid no later than the 26th day of the same month. Compensation earned from the 16th of the month through the end of the month must be paid no later than the 10th day of the following month.
If an employer pays employees weekly, every two weeks, or twice a month according to a different earning schedule, it may comply with the payday laws by paying employees for work performed within seven days after the end of the pay period.
For example, an employer that pays employees every two weeks is following the law as long as it pays employees within a week after each two-week payroll period closes.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (818) 918-5522 or online.