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What is a pay period?

A pay period is a length of time over which the time an employee works is recorded and the employee’s pay is decided accordingly. There are many rules and laws about the pay period. These may sometimes differ from state to state in the US. Knowing these rules and laws will help employees know if they are being paid right for their hours worked. Employees will also know what to do in case of unfair payment. Experts online can be a source of information about the pay period and other employment law related issues. Given below are the top questions and answers about pay periods.

Can an Employee who has done Overtime during a Pay Period be refused to be paid for the extra time?

If the employee is a non-exempt employee, then he/she should receive overtime for working more than 40 hours a week in a pay period. However, the employer can ask the employee not to work overtime, and tell him/her that the overtime needs approval. But if the employer asks the employee to stay and work extra hours, he/she should be given overtime. If the employer fails to do so, the employee can report it to the State Department of Labor.

Does the Employer have the Right to the Repayment of Extra Wages that could have been Paid to an Employee during a Pay Period?

An employer has the right to the repayment of any extra wages that may have been paid to an employee during a pay period. They should however, get a written permission from the employee to take the overpayment from the paycheck. In situations where the employee is an at-will employee, the employer may also terminate the employee if he/she refuses to repay the extra money.

Can an Employer modify the Rates for Different Pay Periods without informing the Employee?

In the case of at-will employment, an employer can modify pay rates for different pay periods for any reason. However, if the employee has an employment contract, the employer cannot do so as he/she has the obligation to pay the employee according to any agreements that were made with the employee.

If an Employee starts work in the Middle of a Biweekly Pay period, should he/she be Paid a full Biweekly Salary or just for the Week he/she Works?

The laws regarding wage payment to employees may vary from state to state. In states like Texas, if a salaried exempt employee starts work in the middle of a biweekly pay period, the employer needs to pay him/her a pro-rata share of the salary based on the number of days the employee actually works.

What is the Time by which an Employee should be Paid if he/she has a Bi Monthly Pay Period?

In some states, an employee should be paid within 10 days following the close of a pay period. This can be different only if the employer and the employee have an agreement for a different way of wage payment.

How many hours in a Pay Period can an Individual work as a Part Time Employee?

There are no set hours for an individual to work as a part time employee in a pay period. In most cases, the employer decides the number of hours for the employee.

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