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Wisconsin Wage Payment Timing Requirements

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

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

Employers in Wisconsin, except those in logging operations, and employers of farm laborers or those covered by a collective bargaining agreement, are covered by Wisconsin's wage payment law.

Wages are to be paid at least monthly, within 31 days of the end of the pay period. Payment is due on the previous business day when payday falls on Sunday or holiday, and where it covers earnings to a date more than eight days prior to payment.

Teachers (including private school teachers) may voluntarily request payment over a 12-month period for services performed during the school year.

Absent employees must be paid within six days of demand.

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