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Texas Wage Payment Timing Requirements

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

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

In Texas, employees who are exempt from the overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be paid at least once per month and all other employees must be paid at least semimonthly.

Paydays must be designated in advance, whether the pay period is monthly or semimonthly. Each of the two pay periods for wages paid semimonthly must consist as nearly as possible of an equal number of days.

If an employer fails to designate paydays for semimonthly pay periods, the paydays are the 1st and 15th day of each month.

An employee who is absent on a payday, or who for any reason is not paid on the regular payday, must be paid on a business day at the employee's request.

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