Human Resources

When is the latest day for payday in California?

In California, salaries must be paid at least twice during each calendar month. Wages earned between the 1st and 15th days, inclusive, of any calendar month must be paid no later than the 26th day of the month during which the labor was performed, and wages earned between the 16th and last day of the month must be paid by the 10th day of the following month.

I got this from a CPA but still I am confused for the following period, what would be the latest possible pay day without having a penalty?

period 11/1/20 to 11/15/20 >>> latest pay day ?
period 11/16/20 to 11/30/20 >>> latest pay day ?

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    Latest pay date for the 11/1/20 – 11/15/20 pay period is 11/26/20.
    Latest pay date for the 11/16/20 – 11/30/20 pay period is 12/10/20.

    Essentially these guidelines are giving you enough time to reconcile hours and overtime within the next payroll period, while also being fair to employees by not having their pay lag behind by more than 10 days.

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