Legal Question in Employment Law in California

Withholding Paychecks

I work at a hospital with designated paydays, and with a new CEO. This CEO is delaying the delivery of checks unless a meeting is attended. This seems to smell of impropriety. I searched the Calif. Labor Code, but did not find any relevant laws. Is there a law that pertains to payroll and the ability of employers to withhold paychecks with conditions as expressed above?

Asked on 9/03/04, 7:04 am

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Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless
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Re: Withholding Paychecks

Pay is due on the normal specified days. If withheld or late, you could file a claim with the Labor Commissioner, which should make the employer shape up. The risk is of becoming a 'trouble maker', subject to retaliation. If that happens, and if you can prove it to be related, then you have grounds for legal action. Contact me if it does, to discuss your remedies.

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Answered on 9/07/04, 6:04 pm
Michael Kirschbaum Law Offices of Michael R. Kirschbaum
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Re: Withholding Paychecks

You missed California Labor Code section 204,, which states when employees must be paid.

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Answered on 9/07/04, 6:50 pm

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