If this paycheck is uncashed or not yet issued, you correct the information by directly editing the paycheck. I miss being part of a union. I notified finance as soon as I noticed. Trust, but verify – just makes me feel secure knowing everything is as it should be. This is ridiculous. I have direct deposit, but, do not get any pay stub. Kevin Fahrman My experience with military clerks is that the best ones are the ones who were something other than clerks in the military first. Employers are not required by federal law to give former employees their final paycheck immediately. The paycheck date rules, even if the work was done and the pay was earned in a different year (but read the exception below). Exactly – just need a screen shot. Yes to this! Not only could it have tax implications for me, if I was audited for the state disability board, I could have to pay back some of the disability pay I got while I was on leave. Does this happen often enough that I need to start watching my paychecks? I think most people would never notice this. Same goes for balancing their checking accounts. Just an FYI when you leave the company your access to that site will probably be cut off instantly. A sign encouraging patrons to wear masks is on display at Shuffle in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 19. Yeah, that. An actual dollar or two is hard to catch unless your are quite obsessive. That is ridiculous. I worked for a company in a state that didn’t have income tax, was laid off then rehired in another state that does have income tax but my tax information was never updated. It should go with out question, ask. Common Military Paycheck Errors. I think it’s ridiculous to expect someone to notice a few dollars difference. We are now dealing with a gigantic tax bill (and yes, eventually his boss finally got off his duff and informed payroll, and my DH paid back the money), and I’m not sure we can make it go away, especially given ro’s story. I wish you luck in this. I don’t know what day I get paid. I let them know as soon as I saw the direct deposit, and they were able to reverse it, but when I returned to work that amount was still showing in my YTD pay. Think about what this would be communicating: “I am willing to take money that’s not mine if I think I can get away with it.”. Eligible businesses and nonprofits, generally with 500 employees or fewer, apply through banks for subsidized loans intended to help … I would likely not know if the wrong amount were being deposited. So the next week, I only got paid $100. In the end, it was worth it to him (since the dollar amount was small and he had was fortunate to be able to spare the $$) to just send them a check. It was the last paycheck for the year and she didn’t say anything. This happened to someone on my team at a previous employer. We would probably fire someone who didn’t come and mention it. I spoke to payroll, but they have received no instructions about my raise. I could have spit the dummy because they told me it was fine, twice, but I’d rather have a job than be in the right on the dole. That sounds like a terrible ordeal! After that, whenever I start a new job, I always ask when I will receive my first paycheck, what will the pay period of the check be, and if it will be direct deposit. Most people simply wouldn’t notice, or would chalk it up to rounding/price extension issues (I think that if I did notice it, that’s probably what I would assume). There is a site online where I can look at my check and deductions to make sure everything is as it should be, or print it out if I need to. The statement must be provided semimonthly or at the time of wage payment. It can be in writing or electronic. There were around 13 million defunct accounts that accidentally received stimulus check payments by the IRS, which the agency is now attempting to … I wouldn’t notice a few dollars. Hopefully I’ll catch the error when I reconcile the ledgers, but it would be helpful for employees to let me know just in case. Check your paycheck for overtime errors. I gave them my new info, but on one of my prescriptions, they kept billing my old insurance. You can also check out this article for further guidance: Gross up a paycheck in QuickBooks Desktop Payroll. When I first started as an Assistant Manager at a bank several years ago, I received my first check in the mail after 5 weeks. They told me to call various people and location, but still I don't have my final paycheck. They did it for the next pay period but after that they didn’t deduct the money. I submitted (properly) for 37.5 hours and they paid me for 375 hours. This instance is pretty black and white but it CAN be annoying. I would like to play devils advocate for a moment. If they had caught it, called me back right away, and made the error clear from the get-go, I would have been happy to shred it. I refused to pay them back. It’s a good thing she checked! Mine’s $28 a week, sigh. I don’t check the amount of the direct deposit regularly at all. Overtime pay must be at least 1.5 times the hourly rate with some exceptions. Wow – great advice. The company shouldn’t assume, with a small and overlookable amount, that it was deliberately hidden from them. I’ve been reading AAM for about a year but only seen this in the last couple of weeks. Likes Received: 0 Trophy Points: 0. And when that happens, not having mentioned it will look really, really bad. I do what was mentioned above and have a spreadsheet where I track my hours, paychecks, and tax details. The Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Wildlife Federation, Mercy Corps, the New York Botanical Garden, American Youth Hostels, and the San Francisco Symphony were among the nonprofits the federal government said on Monday received loans of $5 million to $10 million through the Paycheck Protection Program. I check mine amount but there were about a dozen changes to my pay in the first 3 months of this year, each time it shifted a little, I generally knew it should be more or less for each one, but I never went and checked the stub online and checked to make sure it was all correct because quite frankly, I didn’t understand what all the changes were. I do payroll for about 450 employees, and while it doesn’t happen often, it does come up occasionally, especially when dealing with a large number of employees. I guess I just foolishly assumed that the company would get it right. There was a woman here who got way overpaid – $88/hour instead of $8/hr. I’ve never been over (or under) paid (just lucky I guess) but I did take a sick day once that was not deducted from my accrued time. These things happen, but it’s important to let someone know as soon as you notice the mistake. Your paycheck must be clear, so that you can easily understand it. This. I got fired from a very large NYC based employer back in 2003. I didn’t notice until 2 months later. My company messed up and paid me the first pay date after I went on maternity leave (HR person forgot to change my status in the payroll system). It always seems to fall on the employee to catch and if they say nothing, the axe falls on them. When they fired me they forgot to take me off their payroll for a whole month!!!!!!! I had the opposite problem, where my old insurance plan was cancelled, and I had a new plan with the same company…. As a payroll person, I can’t really think of a scenario where a company would actually have access to your bank account to reclaim an overpayment without your involvement. This – in any direct deposit system with which I’ve been involved on the employer end. I do, however, always look at my paycheck and would certainly notice if something like the gross pay was off. I do enrollments for group insurance, and constantly get requests to terminate people they “forgot about” for a few months. The government’s new Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act allows previous PPP loan recipients to apply for second loans. In fact, if you don’t receive your T4 in time to file taxes, the government expects you to use the info on your stub to file while they go after the employer for their lousy paperwork. When the bank called and said that they’d taken money from savings to checking because otherwise checks were going to bounce, and to get money in checking right away, I had to go looking for that envelope and deposit the last check! Getting underpaid, on the other hand, happens all the time because there is a lot of issues with my team’s shift allowances and overtime because we make payroll cry. Especially when you consider how many years I’ve been doing it. Depending on the nature of the job, it might be; it’s certainly a good way to weed out those you don’t want in your organization. It’s incredibly frustrating to be on the wrong end of it, because some companies like mine seemed to treat it as though employees deliberately cheated their way into getting more money. But in practice, such a test would be really impractical and very costly, for a variety of reasons. The details are being corrected. You did the work. He knew immediately it was an error and let them know (it was state gov’t.). Do I need to keep following up? pretty regularly, so my paycheck is often different by a few hundred dollars. Now, having read this, I’m starting to feel paranoid and will definitely check the last few today. and despite having a good HR. What about the person that made the mistake in the first place? When it was eventually discovered, he was not only docked the dollar, but docked an additional dollar until the full amount was repaid. But in this case, we’re being asked about somebody who is considering deliberately hiding it from the company, so there’s no ambiguity there. What if I am paid through direct deposit? And then I have to ask, had the error NOT been in her favor, would she have said something? Then they told me it wasn't there. But back to the question. For people on the low end of the salary scale “next week’s check” can very well be the difference between bounced auto payments, late bills, and fewer groceries. 1. We decided not to take it farther because the cost of actually perusing legal action would have been more than the amount recovered (in our case it was closer to $8,000). No matter how stupid something may appear to be there’s always someone that thinks they can get away with it. We also learned that, atleast in Canada, if you split your pay between bank accounts, the second payment can not be zeroed because they have no way of knowing if it is a court ordered payment. Every hourly worker has a right to meal and rest breaks. According to public information from the SBA, 2,536 businesses in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties received PPP loans in the first round. I do all my banking online, and as long as the deposit shows up and it’s roughly the same every week, I don’t usually bother opening my paystub to see exactly how it all breaks down. Definitely taught me that whn/if I ever leave my current company, if I get a check for unused PTO I will request a confirmation of the checks purpose via email so ill have a paper trail. I had one old job where I gave my notice and left. Add me to the voices that say the money was yorus. And garnishing would take forever in this case, since you can’t take the employee below minimum wage and it sounds like she might be close already. California has strict rules defining hourly and salaried workers, for example. 2+ grand? I had an ex colleague who after 1 year of being with the company , did not know which day we get paid ( direct bank deposit ). I got 80 hours pay instead of 40, so I told my supervisor. Load Error Then we had the lawyers get involved with basic “threatening” letters, and filed a police report (required for the lawyers). Find out if there are errors. Click on Save & Close. When my sister picked it up, it was $2,200. They also must be paid for work-related tasks like donning safety equipment, walking to their station, and travel under the employer’s control. Now, in the OP’s case…I am definitely not wealthy enough that I wouldn’t catch an extra $2k, so there’s no excuse. Be sure you get it! If you quit with less than 48 hours’ notice (not including weekends and holidays) your paycheck and any wages owed are due within five business days or on the next regular payday, whichever comes first. :), And if your company goes out of business there may not be a way to request it from HR. For my first paycheck at my new job, I had $2000 deposited instead of the less than half that amount that I should have received. It would not do her well to have spent money and suddenly everything she does overdraughts her account because they pulled the money back. Flash forward a bit- the IRS and the state both wanted him to pay taxes on this money, despite the fact that it was an error, which he pointed out and corrected and in fact, he didn’t earn this income. A few months later, they had my pay rate wrong, so my supervisor called (payroll was outsourced). They were like oh no we have to do it this way and we’ll just deduct $100 from the next 2 paychecks (she got paid every 2 weeks). Once to say, can you have a look at my pay – I think you’ve paid me to much. So at his job, he schedules himself for 30 hours per week, nothing more, nothing less. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. And each time he was on the phone with different people at the IRS so it was hard to get consistency and make sure he had the matter 100% cleared up. is it a red flag when a job is posted for a long time? He was an odd guy. Yes, agree with fbposte. In most cases, military paycheck errors are minor and quickly fixed. The statement can be attached to the check, or it can be separate. The rules are not easy to understand and can make a big difference in what you bring home. One hourly employee had the box checked incorrectly so he was paid a salary based on $25/hour plus hourly pay on clock in/out. How else would I know if someone stole the information? This type of thing seems to happen so often, I wonder if there is ever any accountability on the company/payroll department. Mistakes do happen from time to time, but it depends on how they are handled (and aside from too much panic and too much apologizing) as long as you’re trying to rectify it as soon as possible it shouldn’t be cause for immediate dismissal. Before them being on-line, I would check the paper statements I received monthly to make sure it was all kosher. It’s not your job to do their bookkeeping for them. Her paycheck was $400 more than it should have been. To take a different angle than some previous posters, think of all the good will she’ll earn at her new job by pointing this out. I actually have always gotten a paper stub mailed to me…just the way payroll has worked. You are certainly not alone! I forgot to also mention that it affects the employee’s earnings for the year. I think we put him on a repayment plan but it will take awhile to pay back the company. I was young and foolish and didn’t stash away the extra. You checked, they told you it was yours. Not in an office or even sat down – there wasn’t even a chance to ask that had happened! If your paycheck is confusing, or appears to be inaccurate in any way, it may be in violation of the law. That I’d notice! It’s possible, though unlikely, that something like that was factored in. Old Insurance Plan and New Insurance Plan were run by the same company. Why do I have to use a company computer to see my statement? I’d wait till the next paycheck, at least. Actually, the reverse happened to me…I declined benefits, but my company continued to take my portion out for about a year, and I didn’t notice! They were very unclear about the communication. I wouldn’t automatically assume someone was trying to hide getting overpaid – I don’t always check my paystubs and I don’t frequently check my bank account (maybe once every six months?). But, sometimes differences in paychecks alone doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong. Here’s a question though, to what lengths should they follow up? It’s so terrible that you can’t even be honest about a dollar or two (even a few hundred), why would I trust you to do your job properly and honestly? Find out if there are errors. Up here in Canada, I have never received an actual paycheque but I have always received a stub that shows the breakdown of what I was paid and the deductions. She said nothing and now faces felony charges: http://www.livinglakecountry.com/oconomowocfocus/policeandcourts/cooney-woman-faces-charges-after-not-reporting-payroll-error-0q9623i-198800281.html, Thank you for introducing me to the word “Oconomowoc”. ), “My sister noticed the company’s payroll clerk dropped a stack of money on the ground while on her way to make the bimonthly bank deposit. I also think that not realizing your healthcare deduction was out of whack would be a forgiveable offense, especially if it has been that way since day one. In the OP’s case, the difference between $3,000 and $800 is just too big not to say anything. He had a desk drawer full of checks that just sat there mocking me. I budget very, very carefully so after I was told I was in the clear, I deposited it, used it to pay off some debts and happily went along my way. Fired someone who didnt bring this forward-significant bi weekly amount. Please make sure that you have an account at www.eSmartPaycheck.com. When the error was noticed and pointed out, the company had ample opportunity to check their records and find out what actually happened. It’s worth looking in to. Employers are required to provide an itemized statement. I know, I’m that person. Get a free evaluation of your pay stub. I once had a friend (30 years old!) It is possible that you may have an account with one of our other payroll related websites & services, inlcuding www.eSmartPayroll.com and www.PaycheckManager.com.An account at one of the other sites does not guarantee that you have an account here. She owed the organization $1500, which she had to pay back and she was NOT happy about it (we worked out a payment system with her). Something similar happened to my husband (before I knew him). Wow, how often does this happen? But 88 businesses in North Dakota received between $2-and-$5 million, while 14 received $5-to-$10 million. I only caught it because I have an Excel sheet I use to track my hours and predict my pay after taxes and deductions for insurance, etc. So this happenned to my sister a few years ago. In Kansas, your employer has the right to deduct from your final paycheck the amount of an overpayment that you received on an earlier paycheck. My stub is different amounts pretty often because of things like transit benefits and some overtime. They also have to offer the choice for the statement. I’m curious if the people in payroll who made the errors were also fired and/or disciplined? Be sure you get it! I think it may even be required by law. Other errors come from not paying on time and explaining overtime calculations on the pay stub. She didn’t get a chance to flag down the payroll clerk right then, so she put in her bag for safe keeping. I probably wouldn’t notice the amount majigail mentioned. It’s really not a good thing to keep quiet about at all. It was dropped and I never heard anything from them once I said it was long deposited and gone. If you need proof of income it could be a PITA to request it from HR and go through channels so it would be a good idea to print a copy at intervals. I’ll ask the naive question: is this legal? You have reached your limit for the number of payments you can make this month. In our payroll system, there is a check box for salary people that automatically enters 80 hours per 2-week pay period. Even workers on salary must be paid at least the equivalent of the minimum wage for straight hours. Get to the bottom of the situation. Yeah…I’ve been more vigilant about checking pay stubs since then, I can tell you. She called up payroll that Monday after noticing it on a weekend and they hadn’t even realized that they were missing $40K for the last two weeks. 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