Virginia Payday Frequency Laws 2020
How Frequently Must Virginia Employers Pay Employees?
Like Virginia, the majority of states have labor law regulations that require employers to pay employees on regularly scheduled paydays with a certain minimum frequency.
Virginia employers are required to pay most hourly employees via a regular payday at least weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.
In Virginia, employees whose weekly wages total more than 150 percent of the average weekly wage of the Commonwealth may be paid monthly, upon agreement of each affected employee. Monthly payday requirements also apply to Executive, Administrative, and Professional personnel.
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, Virginia 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.