- 1 Pay Employees During a Disaster
- 2 Payroll Department Duties
- 3 Ask Your Boss for Your Last Paycheck
- 4 A Time Keeper's Job Description
It’s always nice to know if anything can interfere with getting your paycheck on time. If you can’t get to your job at Wal-Mart because of a hurricane, tornado, flood, snowstorm or other disaster, it’s natural to whether you’re going to get paid. According to Wal-Mart, if you have money coming, you’ll get it.
In Case of Disaster
In a 2009 press release from Tom Schoewe, the chief financial officer of Walmart, it was announced that the switch to electronic payroll would be completed in the fall of 2009. The revised system makes the payroll process more efficient and safer for employees to use, since electronic payroll disbursement means that employees no longer need to go into the store to pick up a paper check. Schoewe stated in the release that this would also benefit employees by allowing them to be paid on time even if confronted with disaster situations.
Wal[Mart stopped issuing paper payroll checks, thereby cutting costs and simplifying the payday process while allowing employees a choice of electronic pay methods. The first option is to have your pay loaded onto a special MasterCard known as a Paycard, and the other choice is to have it electronically deposited directly into your bank account. Since electronic processing means that payroll is processed from a central location for all Wal-Mart employees, pay will not be held up in the case of natural or man-made disasters that might cause stores to close.
Things to Consider
The Fair Labor Standards Act mandates that salaried employees who miss partial days of work due to bad weather or natural disasters are to be paid anyway. It’s different for hourly employees that don’t come to work due to a disaster; if the store is open the U.S. Department of Labor says the employee is missing work for personal reasons and doesn’t need to be paid. The rules change if the store is closed. Employees that came in to work or were prepared to work but couldn’t because the store was closed get paid anyway.
Keep Up With the Times
The Wal-Mart Employee Handbook contains information relevant to payroll policies and procedures. It’s updated on a regular basis and each employee gets a copy of this book at the time he’s hired. Since policies may change over time, use the current handbook as your source of information regarding payroll policies, paydays and payment methods.