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Regarding payday laws and your rights

When it comes to your paycheck, state laws govern how often your company has to pay you. Obviously this means that from state to state, the rules are going to be different. Some states have specific laws that others won't follow. But, in general, companies are supposed to give their employees weekly, biweekly, semiweekly, or monthly paychecks.

One of the exemptions to the rules governing paychecks is for independent contractors. Companies do not have to pay independent contractors on a schedule like they do for regular employees. Instead, the terms of the payment policy between the contractor and the company are spelled out in the contract that the two parties agree to.

Florida itself has a specific rule governing paychecks for officers and employees that work for the state must be paid at least once a month. There are also no minimum payday requirements for private sector employees.

If for some reason you aren't paid in a timely manner or according to the law, you can take proactive steps to protect yourself and your wages. You should submit a request to your employer asking for the wages that you are owed. If that doesn't work, then file a complaint with Florida Labor & Employment. Ultimately, if these actions don't work out, you should pursue legal recourse in the form of a civil lawsuit, or pursue your claims up to a superior court. In this situation, you should consult with an experienced attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Payday Laws and Your Right to a Timely Paycheck," Accessed April 23, 2018

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