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What if an employer fails to pay you on time?

When an employer fails to pay you on time, it can throw your entire financial world into disarray. Most of us depend on our employer's timeliness to keep our financial lives running smoothly. When we do not receive our paychecks on time, our budgets may not have the wiggle room to handle it. If you believe that your employer owes you money, you have a number of options available to you.

It is usually wise to inform your employer in writing that you believe there has been an error in your payment and you need them to remedy the situation immediately. You may also wish to speak with a human resources representative in your company to get an understanding of why your check is delayed.

Of course, this may only prove so useful. If the nonpayment is more than a simple payroll error, you can step up the pressure by contacting Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR). This agency monitors and investigates unfair business practices and can make things very difficult for your employer if it identifies any wrongdoing.

It is also wise to consult with an experienced employment law attorney to explore your legal options. In some cases, you may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit against your employer to recover your lost wages and other expenses. It is often useful to consult with such an attorney before you speak with anyone within the company about the issue. That way, you fully understand how to protect your rights and can avoid saying something that may weaken your claim later.

With proper guidance, you can confidently fight for justice while standing up for yourself and many others who suffer similar mistreatment in the workplace.

Source: Findlaw, "Payday Laws and Your Right to a Timely Paycheck," accessed Nov. 24, 2017

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