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).
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
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.