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Delaware Wage Payment Timing Requirements

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Delaware must comply with these state rules regarding the timing and frequency of wage payments.

Delaware's wage payment law covers all employers. Wages must be paid at least monthly.

Delaware employers must pay wages due within seven days from the close of the pay period in which the wages were earned. However, if the regular payday falls on a nonwork day, payment must be made on the preceding workday.

If the regular payday is within the pay period (on or before the final day of the pay period) and the pay period does not exceed 16 days, the employer may delay until the next pay period compensation for:

  • overtime hours
  • employees hired or resuming employment during the pay period
  • part-time or temporary employees with variable work schedules

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