Friday May 21, 2004

First Time Sheet

I turned in my first time sheet yesterday; it covers three weeks. The company I am working at is a bit unusual; they pay once a month. Most companies I have worked for in the past have paid twice a month or, in one or two cases, every week.

I had actually been under the impression that California Labor Laws required at least 2 pay periods per month (at least, that's what Apple told its employees many years ago when they changed from weekly to biweekly pay periods). Apparently, however, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) comes into the picture under certain circumstances which allow pay periods of once a month provided specific conditions are met.

All wages, ... earned by any person in any employment are due and payable twice during each calendar month, on days designated in advance by the employer as the regular paydays. Labor performed between the 1st and 15th days, inclusive, of any calendar month shall be paid for between the 16th and the 26th day of the month during which the labor was performed, and labor performed between the 16th and the last day, inclusive, of any calendar month, shall be paid for between the 1st and 10th day of the following month. However, salaries of executive, administrative, and professional employees of employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, ... may be paid once a month on or before the 26th day of the month during which the labor was performed if the entire month's salaries, including the unearned portion between the date of payment and the last day of the month, are paid at that time.

[ cf. State of California Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Labor Standards Enforcement publication The Laws Relating to the Time, Manner, and Payment of Wages ]

I'm always interested in this sort of stuff.

I'm not quite sure how (or, actually, even if) the above applies to me; after all, I'm not on salary. I'm currently in a temporary contract situation, being paid on an hourly rate, so it's not really possible to pay me "the entire month's salaries, including the unearned portion between the date of payment and the last day of the month". But I did manage to get the timesheet handed in on time and frankly, as long as I get paid regularly, it's not an issue for me.

I could easily have missed this month's pay period, however. Things got a little snafued. I had originally been notified, when I started the Job, that time sheets were due by the morning of the 26th; apparently that was a braino. Then, the email advising everyone to turn in all timesheets by 10am this morning came out yesterday (less than 24 hours before everything were due in Accounting). The 6-day discrepancy caused me a certain amount of confusion and the short notice made it more difficult to confirm one date or the other. On top of that, my client manager is out of town and I had a vet appointment this morning so I would not be in before 10.

Everything worked out, though, by end of day yesterday. I got confirmation that yes, indeed, timesheets were due today and not on the 26th (which makes sense, given the law; payday is the 26th). I found another manager who agreed to sign my timesheets and I turned it in a bit after 5pm before I went home.

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