First, thanks in advance for any advice. I am starting work on April 19 in California. The employer's paydays are the 1st and 15th. I learned today, that they 'hold back' two weeks pay, and that I won't see my first paycheck until May 15th, and it will be for work done April 16 through April 30th. That seems absurd to me, to work for one month before seeing a check. They then offered to pay me one of the weeks work on the 1st, but it would be considered an 'advance' and would have to be paid back over the next 3 pay checks. The home office is in Florida, although they say they are familiar with California law. I can only find the labor law Section 204 that talks about having to pay me twice a month at least, but it doesn't say if it has to be for the prior two weeks work, or in this case, paying me May 15h for the last two weeks worked in April. Thanks again.