How often should employees get paid?

How often am I required to pay a non-exempt, hourly employee?  A business can get into trouble if they do not pay their staff as often as the law requires.  Some states require pay only once a month, others require it twice a month.  In some states, the rules even differ depending on the occupation.  As an example, California requires manual laborers and temp agency employees to be paid weekly.  In which state(s) do you employ people? You need to know the pay laws for your location(s).

Where can I get more info?  Review the US Department of Labor’s convenient graph to see the overview for your state.  If you need more information, visit your state’s department of labor.

Should I have my pay policies in writing? Many states require you to inform your employees of when paydays occur.  One way to provide that information is in your company employee handbook.  Need an Employee Handbook?  See New Wind for customized employee handbooks, professionally crafted to your specific business (and get a 10% discount if you mention the Promo Code: HRQA):

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