Federal Payday Frequency Laws 2020
How Frequently Must Federal Employers Pay Employees?
Like Federal, the majority of states have labor law regulations that require employers to pay employees on regularly scheduled paydays with a certain minimum frequency.
Federal employers are required to pay most hourly employees via a regular payday at least weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.
Federal labor law does not specify how often an employee must be paid, so under Federal law any pay frequency is legal. The only rule specifies that employees must be paid on some regular, predictable schedule that workers can depend upon. However, most states do have payday frequency laws, so it is important that you check your state's law regarding pay frequency. You can find labor law for all states on Minimum-Wage.org.
Exemptions from Payday Laws
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), payday laws (and many other labor laws) were designed especially to protect hourly employees, rather than highly-compensated salaried employees. Therefore, payday laws often exempt or have looser requirements for employees considered to be "executives, professionals, or administrative employees". Outside salespeople, who are often paid on commission, are also often exempt from payday laws.
Other Payday Laws
In addition to regulating payday frequency, Federal has other labor laws regulating things such as payroll wage garnishment, payment methods (suh as check and direct deposit), vacation pay, and final payroll following termination.