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I work for a home health services company in Minnesota. I believe it is privately owned. We are paid every 2 weeks. Paychecks for main office employees ONLY are either given to or picked up by the employee on payday Friday, while ALL OTHER employees' paychecks are mailed. At one time non-office employees were allowed to pick up their paycheck at the main office before 4:00p on payday Friday. This practice was discontinued. Non-office employees must now wait until their check is delivered via U.S. mail, which at times takes up to 3 or more days. Is it fair to offer office employees the ability to receive their paycheck on payday Friday while all other non-office employees much wait on the U.S. mail for theirs?  The company does not offer direct deposit.
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If you are willing to go to the main office and pickup you paycheck I see no reason why that is not allowed. I would ask them to allow you to do this. If they do not than I would call the Department of labor and let them know what is going on. They may ask the company to prepare the checks 3 days sooner so they arrive on payday instead of 3 days after payday.  They will speak to  your company about this and more than likely you will be allowed to pick your check up at the main office.

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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR

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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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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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