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Advance notification of pay dates

My company is considering changing payroll dates which would result in payment almost two weeks after end of pay period. In addition, we would be changing from bi-weekly to semi-monthly.

We are currently withholding in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Is there a requirement to notify employees and if so, how much lead time before implementing a new policy?

Thank you, J Jeffers

Yes, in every state the employer must inform employees that the pay date will change. Otherwise, when you miss paying the employees on the usual payday, you are in violation of state and federal minimum wage laws as well as th various state payday laws.

The best practice would be to inform employees two full payperiods in advance that the pay dates will change. Also be aware that even though you change to a semi-monthly payday, overtime is still based on the employee workinng more than 40 hours in the payroll week.

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