Q: What do I do if I am a first year teacher and my principal is refusing to give me my final paycheck?
The principal says I have to come in and hold an IEP meeting before getting my check. School ended on May 23rd and our Special ed coordinator closed down our files on the 24th.
In general, an employer must, on regular, bi-monthly paydays, fully pay employees for all work done within the prior two weeks. NM Stat § 50-4-2 (2015). If the employee is discharged, the employee must make the payment within five days of the discharge. NM Stat § 50-4-4 (2015). If the employee quits, the employer must make the payment by the next regular payday after the employees quits. NM Stat § 50-4-4 (2015). If the employer fails to do so, there may be penalties.
This is not legal advice to you, but a general idea of the law. Whether and how it applies to you would depend on the details of your employment.
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