The State pay period runs bi-weekly, from Thursday to the following Wednesday. New York State has a two-week lag payroll system. The two-week lag simply means that an employee performs services during a two-week period and is subsequently paid for such services on the pay date that occurs two weeks later. Although your paycheck is dated for payday, the services covered are for the pay period ending on the previous payday. For example, the paycheck received on April 13, 2011 was the work performed from March 17 to March 30.
New employees will not receive their first check for approximately four weeks. In addition, there is a five-day salary deferral. That means that one day’s pay is deducted from each of the first five checks. This is returned to the employee upon separation from service.
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