Not being paid on time
Question: I was not paid on time, I was supposed to be paid on Friday but received nothing. The following Tuesday I was given a check but was told not to cash it until Thursday. The employers excuse for not paying me was that they were switching payroll services but this has happened a few times in the past also. Can I quit and still receive benefits?
Response: First, and like I always advise document in writing everything occurring, the dates, times, who you spoke to, and the response you are given. You should first check your states labor laws, and contact the department of labor for your state to see if they are able to provide any type of assistance. The next step should be to contact the federal department of labor. Failing to pay employees is illegal in many places. While it would be good cause to quit for failing to pay you, if your paycheck is only a day or two late it would not be a compelling reason to quit. You need to show you made every effort to maintain employment before making the decision to quit and that a reasonable person in the same situation would make the same decision as you. Wait for your complaint with the state and federal government to give you a response to see if it resolves your situation quickly so you do not have to quit. If you have trouble and need a more detailed answer contact a local labor attorney.