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Is this ethical?

Los Angeles, CA |

So i contacted my employee of why my payrate does not ahow and they said this:it does not print the payrate, since payrates fluctuate. As far as why we pay 2 weeks in arrears; this is just what our pay cycle is.

Attorney Answers 3


  1. I assume you mean you contacted your employer and you are the employee. California law requires that employers provide its employees with pay stubs containing specific information about their pay, including their pay rate. Wages are determined by agreement, whether verbally or in writing. Employers cannot simply arbitrarily decide how much they wish to pay you from one pay period to another. If your employer refuses to commit to a rate of pay or you believe it is not complying with California law, you should seek the assistance of an employment law attorney for advice and direction.

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  2. California law requires that the employer set forth the pay rate or rates and the hours worked on your paystub.


  3. Your question is a bit ambiguous. If you work by the hour, you should know before you do the work what your hourly rate will be. If you are in a piecework job, you should know the amount per piece you will receive. The employer can change the numbers at its will as long as the number does not fall below the minimum wage, but the change must be prospective, meaning from the point of notice of the change on.

    If your hourly rate varies because you are on a commission or piece rate basis for determining your wages, it would make sense that an hourly rate is not stated. However, that would not relieve the employer from having the basis for the pay stated on the stub.

    Good luck to you.

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