For an hourly employee, Labor Code 204 requires that the employee be paid between the 1st and the 10th for work done between the 16th and the 30th of the prior month, and between the 26th and the 30th for work done between the 1st and the 15th of the same month. When the employee is paid weekly, the employer must pay for the prior week, no later than the end of the following workweek. Labor Code 204b.
There is no express exception to the payroll requirements. However, no court is going to punish the employer for a circumstance beyond its control, created by the employee's error, as long as the employer acts in a prompt manner to make full payment as soon as possible.
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