August Question and Answer

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No matter your experience in the workforce, eventually you are bound to have some questions. In our monthly question and answer section, we highlight situations and give advice on how to handle them. This month’s question circles around timesheets. Have you had a similar situation? How did you handle it? Tell your story in the comment box below!

Q: Our employees often don’t turn their timesheets in on time. If an employee doesn’t submit his sheet on time, can we delay processing his paycheck until the next pay period?

A: It is the employer’s obligation to pay employees on the established payday regardless of whether a timecard has been submitted. There is no exception to the law that allows an employer to withhold payment until the timecard has been turned in. When you don’t have a timecard, you can comply with the law by paying all of the wages that you reasonably know are due for an employee’s regularly scheduled work period. Normally, overtime pay earned in a particular workweek must also be paid on the regular pay day for the pay period in which the wages were earned. You may, however, delay payment for overtime wages that can’t be determined until after the regular pay period. The delayed payment of overtime wages earned in one payroll period must generally be no later than the payday for the next regular payroll period. You can certainly discipline employees for failing to accurately record and report their time, particularly if you have a written policy and it has been a problem with an employee more than once, but holding the paycheck as a method to gain compliance could subject your company to significant liability in the form of a wage and hour claim.


  1. we would have a better chacne if we had a minimum paying job) we have to have all our credit paid off showing zero. also they told me to close my credit cards. i refused. that action will lower your credit score drastically. so now we wait. they are making us jump through hoops. we had a house mortgage of 700,000 and never a day late. sold the house and now we are trying to get a 100,000 loan with 60,000 down. we just find it a joke the crap they are telling us because we are self employed. so good luck and ask.

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