Recovering Unpaid Wages in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law

Large numbers of Americans live their lives paycheck to paycheck. Unpaid wages can equal financial disaster for many families and individuals. Many families do not have enough money in savings or assets to get by if they do not receive their paycheck in a timely manner. Thus, the Pennsylvania legislature has passed a law to ensure that employers pay wages on time. This law is the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law. 43 P.S. §260.1 et seq.

The Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL) provides a statutory remedy for employees who are denied wages in a timely manner. Thus, if an employee does not receive a paycheck on the date that it is due, they may be able to take legal action against their employer. This action will allow them to recover the unpaid wages and additional compensation.

Important Features of the WPCL

The WPCL requires that wages be paid on the regular payday that the employers have designated. This payday may be determined by custom within the industry, employment contract, or within 15 days of the end of the regular payday. This rule provides a framework of time periods within which an employer may set the payday. However, once the date is set, the employer may not simply adjust the payday at its whims. The payday becomes fixed and if payment is not made on that date they amount owed is considered unpaid wages.

Wages Unpaid for 30 Days

If the employer does not pay wages to the employee on the fixed payment date the employee may bring an action against the employer to recover those wages. If those wages go unpaid for 30 days the law imposes upon the employer strict penalties. First, the law will impose liquidated damages upon the employer. Liquidated damages are extra damages that the employee will be entitled to above and beyond the unpaid wages. The amount of liquidated damages the employee is entitled to under the WPCL is 25% of the wages due, or $500, whichever amount is greater. Next, any employee who succeeds on an unpaid wages claim is entitled to mandatory attorney’s fees. Thus, attorneys and employees are incentivized to pursue these cases; as the law will reward the successful plaintiff by awarding them some costs (attorney’s fees) of the litigation.


In Pennsylvania the WPCL provides statutory relief to employees who are denied their wages by an employer. Once the employer sets up a payday, the employer must strictly adhere to paying the employee on that day. Additionally, if the employer does not pay on that day, or within 30 days of the payday, the employee may bring an action in court to recover the unpaid wages, liquidated damages and attorney’s fees. These statutory damages provide incentives for employees and attorneys to pursue these cases and recover unpaid wages. In a world where most people rely on their weekly paycheck to make ends meet, this statute provides powerful recourse for employees and an incentive for employers to pay on time.

If you have been denied wages on your regular payday Pometto Law will help you recover those wages through legal action. Call Pometto Law now at 412-593-4529 for a free consultation.



How To File For Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Benefits

The Process to Apply for Unemployment Benefits in Pennsylvania

The unemployment application process can be complicated and difficult. When a person has just lost their job they may have a lot on their mind and it is not easy to focus on filling out an unemployment application. Luckily, there are several ways in which Pennsylvania allows someone to file their unemployment claim. Below we discuss each way in which Pennsylvania allows you to file for benefits and the benefits of each.


This is the most efficient and convenient way to apply for benefits. Pennsylvania has set up an online application process and it can make things much easier for the applicant. You will scroll from page to page filling out your application. Make sure you read the instructions closely and have a strong internet connection so that you do not lose the information that you have already entered. We recommend setting aside at least two hours to fill out your claim, although many people can finish in less time than that. One of the largest advantages of online applications is that the applicant will have the time they need to sit and think through their answers. Also, the application will be reviewed quickly as the unemployment service center will receive the application as soon as it is submitted.

Paper Application

Pennsylvania offers a paper application for those applicants who prefer to fill out their forms with pen in hand. This process has many of the benefits of the online process as you have time to sit and think about your answers. However, this also presents opportunities for applicants to make mistakes. An applicant may write with bad handwriting and then they can expect a call back from the unemployment service center in order to clarify. Also. The applicants have to wait for the mail to be sent, delivered and received before their claim will be reviewed. This process is slower than the online application, but it does allow someone to easily step away in the middle of the application and come back to it later.


You may also enter your claim by calling the statewide unemployment compensation phone number. This number will put you in touch with a state employee who will ask you a series of questions and walk you through the process. This process may sometimes be quicker than applying online, but online applications will allow an applicant the time they need to think through their answers, whereas the telephone process will put pressure on an applicant to answer quickly. We recommend this option if you do not have online access and if a written application is not easily accessible for you.

Videophone Service

This service exists exclusively for individuals who use American Sign Language. This option is available only at certain designated times and days.


Applying for unemployment benefits following the loss of a job can be difficult and confusing. Pennsylvania allows applicants to file with an online application, paper application, telephone or videophone service. We recommend using the online application as it is quick and it allows time for applicants to think through their answers.

If you need help filling out your online application please do not hesitate to call Pometto Law 412-593-4529. We are here to help.

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At Pometto Law we help unemployment claimants and the victims of wrongful terminations fight for their legal rights. We believe that every employee who legally qualifies is entitled to unemployment benefits and that no person should have to put up with an abusive, hostile, or discriminatory workplace.

Our firm will travel throughout Western Pennsylvania to represent you in in your case and throughout the unemployment process. We believe in what we do and we will fight to get our clients a fair and just result. A person’s job is their livelihood.

Contact Pometto Law for attorneys who will fight back against unfair and hostile employers who have violated the law.

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