First paycheck "HELD!".

My husband new employer states they will "hold" his first paycheck. It will be payed when he resigns/or is terminated. This is a small technical company....other employees confirm that thier paychecks were "held". No one has questioned it's legality. This is illegal, right?

2 answers  |  asked Sep 17, 2004 3:41 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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kerry gough
First paycheck held

As mentioned by Ms. Koehn, in California the employee must be paid on certain timetables, usually no less than every two weeks in most occupations. Contact the Labor Commissioner.

posted by kerry gough  |  Sep 18, 2004 3:27 PM [EST]
Janet M. Koehn
you must be paid promptly

yes, it is illegal to "hold" a first paycheck, or any other check. check with your local office of the department of labor standards enforcement (in the "state of california" pages of your phone book). they will confirm that your husband must be paid not less than a certain number of days after the work is rendered, in all cases. no exceptions.
if your husband is disciplined or fired for complaining about the paycheck issue, he should contact an attorney experienced in employment law. you can find one in your area at the cal employment lawyers assn's website,, and clicking on "directory".

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Sep 17, 2004 3:47 PM [EST]

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