State government has a semi-monthly pay schedule. As an employee of the state, you will receive your paycheck on the 15th and the 30th of each month, when those dates fall on a regular workday. Whenever a payday falls on a weekend or holiday, checks are issued on the last workday preceding the 15th and the 30th.
If you are a new employee, you will not receive a check the first payday following your first day of work. State government must pay its employees one pay period in arrears, so you will get your paycheck for hours worked during the previous pay period, not the current one. In other words, your end-of-the-month paycheck is for the period covering the first 15 days of the month.
A beginning employee must work a month before receiving pay for the first pay period. After that, new employees receive their pay checks when all other employees do. If you leave state employment, you will receive your last check on the next regular pay date after you leave.
Your paycheck stub provides you with information about your gross and net pay, leave balances, and deductions. Since your paycheck stub is really an itemized receipt, you should save it as a permanent record of your earnings, deductions, and leave balances. If you dispute any of the information of your pay stub, you should contact your agency payroll officer immediately.
Most state employees have their paychecks direct deposited automatically in their checking or saving account. This convenience saves time, postage, gasoline—and the anxiety of waiting in line. Ask your human resources administrator about this time saving option.