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Payday Requirements by State

Employers usually pay their employees on a weekly, bi-weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly schedule. These schedule are probably not chosen at random, however, nor are they just a matter of convention. Employee paychecks must be delivered according to each state’s per-determined timeline.


Employers cannot lawfully decide to pay employees whenever they want. They cannot make up a rule which issues checks every two months, for example. Some states don’t even allow for once per month pay checks. It is a good idea to know your state’s payday requirements so that you don’t ruffle any feathers and end up in court.

Follow this link on the Department of Labor website for a table of state payday requirements. Every state has slightly different requirements.

If you have several options to choose from, check out this infographic for help making the right choice.

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    dvid1 July 10, 2015

    Some states don’t even allow once per month pay checks. it’s a decent plan to understand your state’s day necessities so you don’t ruffle any feathers and find yourself in court

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