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Q.When must an employer pay employees their wages (CA)?

A.In California, all non-exempt employees must be paid their wages at least twice a month on days designated in advance by the employer. For work performed between the 1st and the 15th day of the month, payment must be made by the 26th day of the same month. For work performed between the 16th and last day of the month, payment must be made by the 10th day of the next month.

An employer may also opt to pay its non-exempt employees weekly, bi-weekly or semi-monthly so long as payment is made within seven days of the end of each pay period. If an employer is closed on a payday due to a recognized holiday, payment may be made on the next business day.

Employers may pay exempt employees (e.g. executive, administrative and professional employees) once a month on or before the 26th day of the month.

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