Is it legal for an employer not to pay you if they have policies on whether or not you get paid (other than that you must work)?

Update:

Like if you worked but didn't meet the requirements to get paid, is it legal for them not to pay you?

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  • 2 months ago

    Maybe - I'd have to know the circumstances.   If overtime was not properly authorized, then you are not entitled to pay.  If you worked by mistake, not on the schedule, you are not entitled to pay. 

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Employment law experience.
    • A Hunch
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      2 months agoReport

      You are required to pay someone when they work.  If they work unauthorized overtime, you are required to pay them.  You can also turn around and fire them for working unauthorized overtime (but you are required to still pay them).

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  • 2 months ago

    Generally, no. In most places, employers must pay, because it's the law, and their own policies can't override that.

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  • 2 months ago

    It could be.  You don't really give much detail here as to the specifics.  One scenario were it would be perfectly legal to not pay someone is if their job was purely commission based.  In that example, the requirement to get paid would be to sell something, so if that person doesn't sell anything, it would be legal to not pay them.  

    Another scenario could be a situation where the person isn't really an employee, but an independent contractor or freelancer whose compensation is tied to the delivery of a specific product or service.  If the product or service isn't delivered as required, then it could be legal to not pay them.  

    That said, most people would not fall under such scenarios.  Providing more details would allow for more meaningful responses.  

    • A Hunch
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      2 months agoReport

      There is no job that is purely commission based.  If the employee does not make minimum wage with their commission, you are required to pay them minimum wage.  Just like with a tipped employee.

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  • 2 months ago

    dont sound legal to me

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You would know that from the TYPE of job you do.  If you get paid for piece work (that means for each piece you make you get paid) then that would apply.  If the employer is a house builder, But he is not building right now, then he is not earning any money , so you don't earn any money.

    .  You should have known this when you decided to work at this line of work.   Meaning you find a SECOND JOB.   I have had 5 jobs at the same time. I went from one to another to another because none of the employers had FULL TIME WORK.  It is called part time piece work.

    .  So yeah, it is LEGAL   

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    no, if they employ you to work for them, they have to pay you for the hours you work.

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