Can my employer pay me after the scheduled pay date if it falls on the weekend or holiday?

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Can my employer pay me after the scheduled pay date if it falls on the weekend or holiday?

I’ve actually been told that they should pay me early like on Friday if payday is on Saturday but I don’t know for sure. I’m paying a lot of late fees to my landlord. My rent is due the same day as payday.

Asked on October 7, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

When a ayroll date falls on either a holiday or weekend, then wages are paid on the next business day (or before the holiday/weekend at the employer's discretion). As for any late you fees you incur as a result, your employer is not liable; it is up to you to make sure that you have money enough to pay your bills on time.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, they can: when a business function (like payroll) falls on a non-business day, like a weekend or holiday, it rolls over over to the next business day. It does not need to be done early.
They are not liable, by the way, for your late fees, because they are not liable or responsible for the fact that you live paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have savings to cover a very brief delay in payroll.


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