Like everyone else, the people who cut your paycheck are human – and they can (and do) make mistakes. If you notice an error on your paycheck, do not jump to conclusions or assume malice. Instead, try to identify the mistake and find out who in your company can help you.
Review Your Paystub
You should review your paystub every time you get a paycheck, as this can help you identify and resolve any errors right away. If you suspect a mistake or the numbers just don’t add up, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did you complete your timecard correctly?
- Was your salary recorded correctly?
- Were you paid for all hours worked?
- Were federal and state taxes withheld?
- Are your retirement and benefits contributions correct?
You may need to look at a previous paystub or 2 to find any discrepancies. Once you identify what went wrong, it’s a matter of finding the right person to help you. If there is a mistake on your timecard, for example, you might need to speak with your supervisor or your company’s payroll department.
Ask a Payroll Professional
If you have a payroll department, that is usually the best place to start. A payroll professional can help you troubleshoot errors and find a solution. They can also give you valuable information about how you are paid and help prevent future mistakes.
Even if you do not have a payroll department, asking the person who cuts your check what went wrong is almost always helpful as long as you do not address the situation with anger. CNBC recommends avoiding confrontation and seeking information, and the publication reminds you: you do not have to be embarrassed for having questions about your check. After all, with taxes and everything else, payment can be complex, and there is a reason payroll professionals exist!
What If Your Employer Refuses To Help?
Your employer must pay you for hours worked and overtime according to state and federal laws. If you notice an error on your paycheck and your employer refuses to remedy it, you may be looking at a wage and hour violation.
The first step is always talking to your employer, but if they refuse to work with you, they will have to work with an attorney.
Our employment lawyers at Donati Law, PLLC can help you recover the compensation you earned and deserved. We have been helping workers like you for the past 35 years, and we are ready to make your case our cause.