I am a peds home health nurse with one full time patient. The agency I work for does not offer direct deposit. Pay day is every other Tues and pay checks are available for pick up between 2pm-5pm. The problem is that I work every Tues 830am-6pm 30 miles from the office. Since I am alone all day with a child I obviously can not leave to get my check. This has been my schedule for a long time and the agency knows this. As a result I have asked them to mail my paycheck. About half the time my check is put in the mail Monday night and I get my check when I get home on Tues. The rest of the time they do not mail my check until Weds and I do not get it until Thurs afternoon.
In many states it is the law when direct deposit is not offered that the check must be post marked the day before payday. Here in Idaho, however, there is no such law. I am an LPN and the combination of my student loan debt and my salary forces me to live paycheck-to-paycheck. Not knowing what day I will get paid has made it very hard to pay all my bills on time.
In addition to the obvious logistical problems this creates, I also feel that it demonstrates that the agency does not respect me or the work that I do. I have talked to several members of the office staff regarding this issue. Most of them have treated me the same way they treatment when I have to work them on anything; like it is a nuisance even to talk to me and like it is my job to make their job easier. I'm curious what experiences other nurses have had with agencies and what other payroll policies are out there.