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What is the Texas Payday Law?

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In the Lone Star State, there are labor laws that state when an employee is to be paid. As stated in Chapter 61 of the Texas Labor Code, otherwise known as the Texas Payday Law, employees in Texas must be paid at least once a month. Employees that are not exempt from overtime provisions must be paid at least twice a month and the semi-monthly pay periods must consist as nearly as possible of an equal number of days.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports that all business entities, regardless of size, are covered by this law. However, public employers are exempt from the provisions. Under the law, employers must display notices in a conspicuous place that indicate when paydays are. If the employer does not designate paydays, then the employer's paydays are supposed to be the 1st and 15th day of each month.

In addition to having designated paydays, the Texas Payday Law includes rules regarding the deduction of wages. Under the law, the employer may not make any wage deductions unless ordered to do so by a court of competent jurisdiction. An employer might also be able to deduct wages if authorized to do so by state or federal law or if the wage deductions are authorized by the employee.

Yet when looking to deduct wages, an employer must always be careful to get proper written authorization before making a payroll deduction. Any employee that feels their employer does not follow the provisions of the Texas Payday Law can report the labor violations to the Texas Workforce Commission and contact a Houston employment lawyer to learn more information on filing a claim.

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