As an employer, you want to maintain a good relationship with your employees. While there are bound to be some disagreements, you want to keep them satisfied. Happy employees turn in better performances, right?
Well, someone should have laid down the basics for one employer in particular. Their staff member was driven to write in for legal advice!
While remaining anonymous, the employee wrote in to Boston.com. Their complaint was that their employer wasn’t paying them as promised, and wasn’t providing pay stubs! This is a serious grievance. Plus, the problem had been going on for some time.
Satisfied Staff: Avoid this Pay Stub Problem!
Don’t let this be you!
Because they failed to pay employees according to the terms that were agreed upon, this company could be in serious legal trouble! Turns out, keeping employees satisfied also satisfies the law!
Rightfully so, the legal experts who consulted for this advice column recommended that the employee contact their state’s Fair Labor Division.
Employers spend so much time making sure they are compliant. An alert to a state agency is the last thing that any business wants. Entrepreneurs have so many stressors already. Most prefer smooth sailing when it comes to trouble they can avoid!
Know the Facts.
Throughout the response, it’s made clear that laws and regulations vary by state. As an employer, you are responsible for knowing the state’s labor laws where your business is operating. And you are responsible for following those laws!
At the very least, most states require employees to be paid fairly, within a reasonable amount of time, and with some form of documentation of their pay.
“Pay stubs and timely paychecks are crucial in the employee/employer relationship and state regulators look down on any employers who don’t provide either of those in a timely, reliable, and accurate fashion.” – Elaine Varelas
When it comes to paying employees and staying within the law, you don’t want to mess around. Sitting down to do payroll can seem like a mountain of a task, but you MUST tackle it. The headache and penalties that could come around are potentially very steep.
There are a lot of complex calculations involved with payroll. When you factor in time clock mistakes, tax withholdings, or even certain legal withholdings such as child support, there’s a lot to figure out. Paying your employees isn’t as simple as it seems!
Many companies with the best intentions still run into trouble. That’s without the gross negligence of not paying or providing pay stubs described in the letter here!
Luckily, there’s a way around all this.
There’s a simple, painless way to avoid the long arm of the law AND the high stack of payroll paperwork you may be up against. How? PayWow is a payroll software that not only handles payroll, but also manages your time clock, and maintains tax compliance. All in one. Frankly, if the company in the employee’s letter had used PayWow, neither they nor their employee would be in this fix. Are generating pay stubs a problem? Let us fix it!
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