LIENS, MORTGAGES AND PLEDGES
CLAIMS FOR WAGES
45-608. Pay periods — Penalty. (1) Employers shall pay all wages due to their employees at least once during each calendar month, on regular paydays designated in advance by the employer, in lawful money of the United States or with checks on banks where suitable arrangements are made for the cashing of such checks without charge to the employee. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit an employer from depositing wages due or to become due or an advance of wages to be earned in an account in a bank, savings and loan association or credit union of the employee’s choice, provided that the employee has voluntarily authorized such deposit. If the employee revokes such authorization for deposit, it shall be deemed terminated and the provisions herein relating to the payment of wages shall apply.
(2) The end of the pay period for which payment is made on a regular payday shall be not more than fifteen (15) days before such regular payday; provided that if the regular payday falls on a nonworkday payment shall be made on a preceding workday.
(3) The director may, upon application showing good and sufficient reasons, permit an employer to withhold payment of wages more than the fifteen (15) day period as specified in subsection (2) of this section.
(4) The director may, pursuant to his authority, levy a civil penalty upon any employer who has failed to obtain the exemption provided in subsection (3) of this section and who has been determined to have undertaken a consistent pattern of untimely payment of wages to his employees. Such penalty shall not exceed five hundred dollars ($500) for such employer per pay period.
[(45-608) I.C., sec. 45-610, as added by 1967, ch. 436, sec. 2, p. 1469; am. 1974, ch. 39, sec. 73, p. 1023; am. 1985, ch. 132, sec. 1, p. 326; am. and redesignated 45-608, 1989, ch. 280, sec. 9, p. 680; am. 1999, ch. 51, sec. 9, p. 119.]