This concerns an employer and salaried job in California, with usual pay periods twice per month. The employer pays everyone two weeks too late and doesn't post a payday notice. That is, they pay on the last day of the month for work done between the 1st and 15th of the previous month, and on the 15th of the month for work done between the 16th and the last day of the previous month.
According to California law this is a misdemeanor.
Is this acceptable practice, should I do something about it, if so what can I do? Or should I just accept it as something that's just common practice? Considering California is an "at will" state, retaliation is all too easy. I know the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement can help. But I suspect this could backfire. I also understand it's only a few days of late pay, but I believe in the principle of the matter.
A previous California employee was always quick to pay at the end of the month or the 15th, for work done the previous two weeks. In my experience the two weeks late pay is not common practice, but I have only had a couple of Californian employers.
In California, wages, with some exceptions, must be paid at least twice during each calendar month on the days designated in advance as regular paydays.
Labor Code Section 207 Wages earned between the 1st and 15th days, inclusive, of any calendar month must be paid no later than the 26th day of the month during which the labor was performed, and wages earned between the 16th and last day of the month must be paid by the 10th day of the following month. Other payroll periods such as weekly, biweekly (every two weeks) or semimonthly (twice per month) when the earning period is something other than between the 1st and 15th, and 16th and last day of the month, must be paid within seven calendar days of the end of the payroll period within which the wages were earned. Labor Code Section 204
Q. If my employer does not pay me on my regularly scheduled payday, what can I do?
A. You should contact the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and explain that your employer is not paying you on the regularly scheduled paydays. DLSE will assist you by explaining the law to your employer. Failure to post the payday notice required by Labor Code Section 207, and failure to pay wages in good funds on the regular designated payday as prescribed in Labor Code Sections 204, 204b, 205, and 209, respectively, is a misdemeanor. Labor Code Section 215