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 ). The real kicker? Although with interest rates so low, it would be a pretty small bit. In our payroll system, there is a check box for salary people that automatically enters 80 hours per 2-week pay period. 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. It was the last paycheck for the year and she didn’t say anything. It’s crazy. I check mine every week because I’m compulsive and it’s also given to me at work. Today I remembered Alison asking for screenshots. So, um, if your sis doesn’t actually like having a job she should totally keep it! I’d constantly feel like I had to “look over my shoulder,” worrying that I’d finally be “caught.” Why WOULDN’T she want to point it out is my question. 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. to back down and agree he didn’t owe taxes on this income since technically it wasn’t his money and he returned it, but it was a big headache. The tax year for a paycheck is important because it affects the taxable income for employees, as shown in employee gross pay on the W-2 forms for each year. Since your sister is clearly someone who looks out for herself just tell her that she shouldn’t do keep the money now because they will come looking for it back later and she will owe it. You’re lucky you no longer worked for them. According to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) data collected by CNN, the first round of the PPP provided loans to 1,505 Vermont businesses. Despite my rant above and how people often dislike the IRS, an EA actually can probably help iron out many tax problems. In my organization there was an error paying one employee (shorting the employee in something related to health insurance) and the HR person who caused it also caught it after 4 or 6 months and apologized. This type of thing seems to happen so often, I wonder if there is ever any accountability on the company/payroll department. But you notice you mention it. Especially when you consider how many years I’ve been doing it. You betcha. Last week, the Paycheck Protection Program reopened to Vermont’s small business owners. She was like okay fine. Absolutely – you checked – after they confirmed it’s yours as far as I’m concerned. She’ll have saved both sides the heartache and scored major integrity points for having come forward, especially so soon after her hire. Needless to say, I was pissed. A sign encouraging patrons to wear masks is on display at Shuffle in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 19. 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. Answer from the experts at HR.BLR.com: The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not specify when wages must be paid or include a specific payday requirement. People don’t always realize that the IRS is actually more open to negotiating things down than they think. I’ve worked for several companies where they did an across-the-board pay bump for various reasons (once was a 1-time permanent pay bump when we had to start using our own cell phones, once was for a chance in health benefits, etc). At my company, my boss gave a significant loan to our receptionist (his friend, it was incredible unprofessional of her to ask for it, but whatever, he agreed). This will happen for people at different poins during the year, depending on how much you earn and have paid out; but for some people, it can mean an extra $200 or more per month on your checks, for 2-3 months. He left a contract job at the stated end of the contract date and one pay period after that he got another salary check/deposit. We would probably fire someone who didn’t come and mention it. DITTO. The employee didn’t notice anything. But a few people didn’t respond to numerous notices and were eventually charged with a crime. Yep. 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”. Tribune News Service He knew immediately it was an error and let them know (it was state gov’t.). If she doesn’t mention it, would you expect any repercussions on her job if the over-deposit is later discovered? Her paycheck was $400 more than it should have been. A few weeks letter I get a call saying WHOOPS, we sent it by mistake, can you cut us a check back? I know that I am more neurotic about tracking my money than most, but I can’t believe that some people (not just here, but many people I’ve spoken to in real life) simply NEVER check their pay stubs! Add me to the voices that say the money was yorus. Enclosed with the paycheck was a letter stating an amount of $125 was deducted from my pay for an ''employee error''. So at his job, he schedules himself for 30 hours per week, nothing more, nothing less. The thing disappeared a literally as I was taking one! Check your stubs, peeps!). 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. Back when I was in the US Navy (this would have been in ’78) I noticed I was being overpaid; not a lot, but noticiable. is it a red flag when a job is posted for a long time? Really?? It always seems to fall on the employee to catch and if they say nothing, the axe falls on them. 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 it was eventually discovered, he was not only docked the dollar, but docked an additional dollar until the full amount was repaid. In the OP’s case, the difference between $3,000 and $800 is just too big not to say anything. Simple but costly overtime errors include miscounting hours or paying the wrong rate. Get a free evaluation of your pay stub. Most exempt workers are salaried, but not all salaried workers are exempt. We will add the difference to your May 31 paycheck. 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. But it’s only bitten me once — I left a job and they handed me the last pay envelope. Employees all receive their own personalized statement. Found out that morning by checking my account, and thought “Oh, they must have paid my backpay.” (That turned out to still be on hold) The manager who dealt with it pulled me aside in a hall way outside the break room, told me there had been a mistake, and that I would not be receiving a paycheck for the next two (TWO) pay periods to recover their losses. Nope. You would be surprised how often this can happen especially when payroll is outsourced. I always looked at my pay stub and somehow my eyes would go right to the healthcare deduction year-to-date total and I would take half a second to realize that that was just a deduction and not my net pay… but boy, for that half second, I would panic. It makes for an interesting thought experiment, certainly. Then we had the lawyers get involved with basic “threatening” letters, and filed a police report (required for the lawyers). 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. Do I need to keep following up? If you received insurance coverage, you need to pay for what you received; if you don’t—if you underpay—you will have been “unjustly,” or unfairly, enriched. When I attempted to report to work on 6/14th, that's when I was told and they didn't give me my final check. I could think of no way that I was meant to have that much, so I emailed payroll twice. Check your paycheck for overtime errors. I admit I don’t go online to check my pay stub very often (but do see the deposit show up in my account) but now I am thinking I should. You may have to pay back unemployment benefits if your state’s unemployment commission determines that you received some benefits in error. He had a desk drawer full of checks that just sat there mocking me. Exactly, fposte. Someone in HR eventually caught it and I got a big check. If the number was way off I might notice eventually. I monkey around with my witholdings, retirement contributions, HSA contributions, etc. It took a lot of yelling and screaming before they finally fixed it. Nope. And then I have to ask, had the error NOT been in her favor, would she have said something? Cue my paycheck being being twice the size it should have been. I think we put him on a repayment plan but it will take awhile to pay back the company. I’ll ask the naive question: is this legal? The statement can be attached to the check, or it can be separate. Would you recommend that she just bring it up to her employer ASAP? Nationwide, more than 5.2 million businesses received PPP loans, for a total of more than $525 billion. 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. When it’s a direct deposit, there may never be a stub. It’s generally treated like any other mistake: If you’re a good employee who made one mistake, you’re not going to get in trouble, although you might have a serious talk about what happened. Employers must make electronic statements available over the Internet. When I was in college, I had a job through a temp agency that made this mistake. People come to work each day giving of themselves with the expectation of getting paid on time and in full and that bar needs to be cleared every single time. Unfortunately, in this case, she can’t claim she didn’t see it (well, she can claim that but it would be a lie. All of that (finally came out to a tiny boost for me but barely) they could have messed up and I wouldn’t have known at all. I was once overpaid by a fairly small amount (a little under $100), but because my paycheck fluctuates by a fair bit, it would have been very easy for me not to notice without malicious intent. Lots of great Native American place names in Wisconsin. say to me, “I mean, does anyone even know HOW to balance a checking account anymore?” like knowing how much money you have available is the craziest thing in the world. But in practice, such a test would be really impractical and very costly, for a variety of reasons. By $40,000. So in my case I definitely had no motive for keeping quite. Not in an office or even sat down – there wasn’t even a chance to ask that had happened! 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