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Common Questions About Overtime & Unpaid Wage Claims

WAGE PAYMENT LAWS

Q. What am I supposed to be paid for?
   
A. The law requires that you be paid for all time that you spend working.
   
Q. What "work" time should I be paid for?
   
A. Work time includes nearly all time spent performing job-related activities. These can include activities performed while "off-the-clock", work performed before the workday is supposed to start and after the workday is supposed to end; work during your lunch period; time spent setting up at the beginning of the day and shutting down at the end of the day; cleaning up; staying late after normal shifts without "putting in" for overtime; doing job-related paperwork at home; making and responding to job-related telephone calls and e-mails; and many other activities.
   
Q. How often am I supposed to be paid?
   
A. Frequency of payment depends upon the type of employee you are. Most laborers and unskilled workers are supposed to be paid weekly; office and other types of workers may be paid bi-weekly or even less often.
   
Q. Can my employer force me to accept direct deposit of my pay into a bank account?
   
A. Generally not.
   
Q. Can my employer deduct the cost of broken or lost tools or equipment, or other types of expenses from my paycheck?
   
A. There are very limited circumstances under which an employer can make deductions from an employee’s wages. Taxes, health insurance premiums, 401k contributions, union dues are some examples.
   
Q. Can my employer charge me a fee to cash my paycheck?
   
A. No.
   
Q. Can my employer withhold my paycheck because I did not finish my work or my employer was not happy with my work?
   
A. No.

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