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Payment of Wages to Employees

All men, women and minors employed within Pennsylvania (by an employer) are protected by the Wage Payment and Collection Law (Act No. 329 of July 14, 1961).

Wage Payment and Collection Law       Regulations for Wage Payment and Collection
Wage and Hour FAQs        Preguntas frecuentes sobre Salario y Hora
Complaint Form for Unpaid Wages

​Workers Owed Wages (WOW) search tool  
Developed by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division provides a quick and easy way for employees to find out if they are owed money resulting from federal audits and receive it.  Learn more about the Workers Owed Wages search tool. 

Analysis of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage in 2013

Regular Payday

The Act provides that every employer shall pay all wages, other than fringe benefits and wage supplements, due his/her employees on regularly scheduled paydays designated in advance by the employer. He/she shall pay in cash or by bank check. The employer must notify each employee at the time of hiring of the following: (1) time and place of payment; (2) rate of pay; and (3) amount of any fringe benefits or wage supplements to be paid to the employee, a third party, or a fund for the benefit of the employee.

The waiting time between the end of a pay period and payday must not exceed: (a) the time specified in a written contract between employer and employee, or (b) the standard time-lapse customary in the trade, or (c) 15 days.

Payment for overtime must be included with wages for the next following pay period.

For additional information regarding deductions, liquidated damages, collection of unpaid wages and penalties, please download a copy of the LLC-2, Summary of the Wage Payment and Collection Law.

The Bureau of Labor Law Compliance is responsible for the administration, education, and enforcement of labor laws. As such, it provides employers and employees with educational outreach seminars, conducts investigations and resolves disputes when complaints are received.

Please direct your questions regarding wage payment and collection to the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton.