Ask HR: Can I push back employee payday for late timecard?

Dear HR:  

I have an employee that is consistently turning in his time card late. Maybe if he gets paid late, he will remember to turn it in on time to begin with. Since he keeps turning it in late, can I just keep it and turn it with the next pay-period?


HR Answer:

Unfortunately it is considered an unlawful employment practice to withhold payment of wages until next pay period, even when an employee submits their time card late. According to current Oregon wage and hour regulations, it is the employer´s responsibility to track hours worked and to pay all employees on regular paydays. Other disciplinary measures such as a verbal or written warning may be taken when employees fail to meet your expectation of turning in their time cards by a specific time each week. Call Cardinal today to find out how we can help make your time and attendance tracking easier.