Q. What payment and deduction requirements does the Texas Payday Law include?
A. The Texas Payday Law (TPL) covers all private employers in Texas. One of the statute’s main purposes is to require timely payment of wages.
The TPL sets paydays at the first and the 15th of the month, unless another pay period is specifically set.under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act must be paid at least once per month, and all other employees must be paid at least twice per month. Employers must conspicuously post notices that explain when paychecks will be distributed.
The TPL also limits the circumstances under which an employer may make deductions from paychecks. It prohibits an employer from withholding money from an employee’s pay unless (1) a court has ordered the employer to withhold money, (2) the employer is authorized to do so by state or federal law or (3) the employee authorized the deduction in writing.
Furthermore, the TPL has strict requirements regarding payment upon discharge. If an employee is involuntarily discharged, the employer must pay the employee within six days of the discharge.
On the other hand, if the employee voluntarily leaves employment, the employee must be paid, in full, no later than the next regularly scheduled payday.