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My job,in Georgia, is holding everyone's paycheck until Saturday. We normally get paid Friday, every two weeks. They just posted the paper telling us that, yesterday. They only have us 3 days notice. Most people live paycheck to paycheck. Is there any law or clause stating they have to pay us on time?

The business IS open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

I am also a youth, if that helps. ALSO, our paychecks bounce frequently. If mine bounces one more time I have to cash it at their bank, not mine, and pay a $6 fee every time I do so. Anything I can do about that?

Georgia requires that employee be paid no less often than semi-monthly and at even intervals. There is an exemption for officials, superintendents and department heads.

Since you will be paid twice a month the law is met. Sorry I couldn't be more help but the laws in Georgia are very vague and do not specify a specific time period other than twice a month.

If your checks continue to bounce than you should contact your local department of labor and talk to them about it perhaps they can talk to the company and let them know that it is not legal to give out checks that cannot be covered.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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