In New York State, all employers must provide an earning statement (i.e., a paystub) with each payment of wages. This statement must contain a variety of information, including an accurate accounting of the hours worked, the wages earned, as well as any deductions/allowances taken from the pay. Your earning statement should look like the picture above, and should contain all of the information listed. Should your employer not give you a paystub with the information provided above, or if you don't get any paystub at all, you may be able to sue them and collect a penalty of $250/wage payment, up to a maximum of $5,000.00.
The purpose of a paystub is to itemize how you were paid so that you can confirm that you were paid the full amount you are entitled. As such, this pay stub must lists your employer information, the precise amount of wages your were paid (both regular and overtime), the specific amount of time you worked, any deductions, allowances, and FICA Taxes. Also, you must receive a paystub whenever you are paid, even if you are paid in cash.
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