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Can my employer retroactively withhold the "first paycheck" after years?

Is it legal for an employer (FL Tax ID in FL) to suddenly decide after four years that they want to withhold the "standard" week's worth of pay (based on salary, not hourly)? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Jun 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Should I charge this project hourly, or by salary?

I'm a designer and front-end web developer who has always charged hourly. I was just offered a great part-time opportunity (20hrs/week) which pays half a salary - less than I'd be paid hourly. Please help me negotiate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

1099 contract when I was told I'd be w2, how do I navigate this?

On Tuesday I drove across country to start a new role in the Bay Area. Prior to this I was working on a year-long contract which wasn't renewed. During the interview process I was looking for a full time role, but was convinced that this was a good opportunity, particularly to get my foot in the door back in the Bay Area where I'm originally from and still have family. During the interview I was asked specifically what type of contracting I would be open to and said that I was only interested in W2ing to a new role rather than becoming an independent contractor and billing, and I stated that I wasn't interested in 1099ing. The rate I provided reflected this as well. Turns out I've been onboarded as a 1099 and the rate that I was looking for as a W2. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2014 - 33 answers

The best laid plans

This is not the question I wanted to ask this week, but last week, my employer forgot to submit my first time card on time, and I will (very) possibly not get paid this week. I am very poor right now. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Sep 1, 2013 - 39 answers

A million dollars would be nice, but I'll accept lower

Best ways to respond to the salary question during job interviews when the experience is more valuable then the paycheck? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Calculating California state income tax withholding

I feel like this should be really easy, but I'm coming up with a non-sensical result. I am considering taking a job that would involve a pay cut (long story, I promise it's worth it). I am trying to calculate what my actual paycheck would be. I'm using the paycheck calculator at Paycheckcity.com to figure this out. But the number it's giving me for California state income tax doesn't seem right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I survive a delayed paycheck when I have no savings, no credit

Being a moron, I forgot to turn in my timesheet this week. The way pay works at my company this means I might not get paid for 2 more weeks :/ How can I survive with all that budgeted money missing? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2013 - 25 answers

Good reason to ask HR for my net paycheck amount?

I'm starting a new job and probably won't get a paycheck for 3 weeks. I can't stand waiting that long to find out what my paycheck amount will be after deductions, but I don't want to seem greedy and weird asking HR for that information. What's a good reason I could give them for needing to know my net biweekly earnings? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 26, 2013 - 19 answers

I got paid, then I got paid. What do I do with this money that's not mine?

I was paid twice. I talked to payroll. It's not their fault. It's kinda my fault and kinda my bank's fault. [more inside]
posted by ismaelsobek on Jun 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Figuring out deductions from upcoming paycheck

I am starting a new job in the state of Virginia next month. How can I calculate how much I will be bringing home after taxes, social security, medicare, health benefits, retirement, etc? [more inside]
posted by little_c on Mar 2, 2012 - 3 answers

I know I'm bad at math, but does this add up?

Why does being salaried mean that I lose out on 5 hours of pay every week? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 16, 2011 - 30 answers

How to calculate interest for a 26-months-overdue amount?

How to calculate interest on a long-overdue paycheck in small claims court? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 - 7 answers

The Paycheck Guessing Game is Over

For you hourly employed people, how do you keep track of what your paycheck will be? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Jul 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Old paycheck found, now what?

What should I do about an old paycheck of mine I just found? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Does my employer owe me 401(k) contributions that they forgot to take?

Does my employer have to make elective 401(k) contributions for me if they messed up and didn't take any deductions from my paycheck this year? If so, how much? (You are not my HR professional or ERISA lawyer.) [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! on Aug 2, 2010 - 10 answers

How long must we wait to be paid?

WV EmploymentFilter: Asking for a friend. Can a WV employer legally require you to wait 12 weeks before receiving your first pay check? [more inside]
posted by teatime on Jun 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Freelancer, you suck.

My freelance job is negotiating the hours I turned in, and refusing to pay me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by beingresourceful on Jan 5, 2010 - 29 answers

Do advances exist?

Is it possible to get an advance in salary (that is, an early paycheck) when just starting a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2009 - 22 answers

Labor law help needed for socal govt contract employee

I believe my company, a government contractor, is using alot of grey areas in their employee time cards to get away with paying as little as possible. For example, I am listed with them as "salary", which by my understanding would mean I get x amount of payment per pay period. However, they still have everyone fill out a time card, and pay us per the hours we have worked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2008 - 14 answers

How can I receive what's rightfully owed?

How do I go about getting my paycheck from a company that has wrongfully withheld my pay, admitted to their mistake, and actively brushed me off, ignored me, lied<> to me for almost 3 months now? Details within. [more inside]
posted by s01110011 on Sep 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Should I be happy with a partial salary increase?

How should I deal with being given a raise, but not given the agreed upon amount? [more inside]
posted by aftermarketradio on Jun 17, 2008 - 22 answers

Excessively taxing a bonus?

So a friend's just received a bonus from her employer, but the bonuses seem excessive. (The taxes from that bonus exceed the total of taxes that were paid for the entire year.) Is there anything that can be done? [more inside]
posted by leo. on Apr 14, 2008 - 14 answers

How long does my former employer (in New York State) have to get me my final paycheck?

How long does my former employer (in New York State) have to get me my final paycheck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Holiday bonus for service providers?

Do you give service-providers a special gift at Christmas? Does it matter if they're federal/state service providers (mail person, garbage guys) or people who work specifically for you or your company? Does it differ by country, city, or culture? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Dec 17, 2007 - 20 answers

Found very old paycheck. How can I claim the money?

How can I claim the money from an old, uncashed paycheck? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Nov 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Why is work bonus separate from the paycheck?

My employer gives out bonuses as separate checks, which are taxed separately. Why? [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield on May 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Why is my direct deposit suddenly not working?

Suddenly, my normally working direct deposit isn't working, I didn't realize it and now I've wracked up many overdraft charges. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by The Behatted Wild Man of Greenfield on May 12, 2007 - 13 answers

What does he take me for?

I'm pretty sure my boss's accountant lied to me about sending out my paycheck to cover up my boss's lack of funds, thus leaving me without a paycheck for a full pay period. [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Mar 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Should I make a fuss?

Should I file a complaint (i.e. get extra money) over my late final paycheck? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion on Mar 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s?

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s? [more inside]
posted by stuckie on Jan 30, 2007 - 11 answers

I want my money

My paycheck is late again. [more inside]
posted by Snyder on Jul 6, 2006 - 24 answers

Company keeps paying, although employee has departed. Any liabilities?

A friend's old company has continued to direct deposit paychecks after her departure - what are the liabilities? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy on Mar 1, 2006 - 18 answers

What do I tell my boss when they try to take money out of my paycheck?

What's the proper way of telling the company I work that I won't stand for being fined out of my paycheck? (On behalf of an anonymous MeFilterian) [more inside]
posted by onalark on Sep 13, 2005 - 13 answers

id fraud or simple misdelivery?

My friend just got a paycheck in the mail. It had obviously been opened and then scotch-taped back up. Also, it arrived a couple days later than she expected it. Inside was the intact paycheck and stub. Problem is the stub also had her full name, SSN #, and of course salary and workplace. Should she be worried? If this was ID theft why would they have taped it back up? I'm curious too about what may have happened here.
posted by vacapinta on Aug 2, 2005 - 9 answers

Missing my shift differntial for OT

I'm a non-exempt, non-contract hourly employee who receives a second-shift differential of $.50/hour. Today I noticed that the shift differential is not being figured into my overtime rate — that is, my overtime rate is being calculated at ($N-$.50)*1.5 instead of $N*1.5. Is it normal/legal to ignore shift differential when calculating overtime pay? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Jan 20, 2005 - 11 answers

Runaround closing my 401k account

In California, upon leaving a job, an employer has under most circumstances at most 72 hours to pay the leaving employee their final paycheck or the employer gets fined.

Are there any similar laws which require investment/financial institutions to give the investor their funds within a certain amount of time of the request? (MI) [more inside]
posted by cactus on Dec 24, 2004 - 2 answers

Boing! Boing!

The paychecks from my employer are bouncing. I live hand to mouth. Does that qualify me for unemployment in California? If I walk away from the company, does that mean I have quit and I am ineligible? Or am I laid off and eligible for benefits? The CA website is next to useless, and the phone number is consistently "busy" with a pre-recorded message stating that due to the volume of claims and calls, we need to try and call back later. What would you do?
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2004 - 11 answers

Windfall!

My latest paycheck is for double the amount I'm supposed to be getting paid. I get paid by direct deposit, so the money is already in my account. What do I do?
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2004 - 39 answers

My paychecks aren't coming with FICA/witholding numbers (and totals). Is this lega?

Is there a Tax Accountant in the House? My new employer gives me paychecks with no itemized paystub attached to them -- just a check. If I ask, they'll also give me a separate printout with my Gross Wages, Federal Withholding, FICA, etc for that pay period, but they can't seem to produce a document with the totals on it. Is this legal?
posted by anastasiav on Jan 9, 2004 - 7 answers

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