I am now getting my paycheck a by mail, until recently we got paid by check every 7days, now I get paid whenever it comes in the mail. Is this legal?

For the last 15 years i was paid weekly by check. Now it gets mailed, sometimes I
get it in 7days, but other time it takes 14 days because of slow mail, or, my check
just gets lost. Can my employer force me to get paid this way after so many years
being paid weekly?

Asked on May 13, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Your employer's resonsibility is to prepare and mail the check on time; however, the employer is not responsible for delays due to the U.S. Post Office. The law does not require employees to pay employees in any particular way (e.g. by check vs. direct deposit; in person vs. by mail), but does just require that the checks be prepared and sent on time. The law also does not prevent the employer from changing how it pays employees--the fact it did something one way for many years in no way obligates it to keep doing things the same way.

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