Final Wage Payment Requirements by State

Ensure You Stay Compliant Across the Country

State wage payment laws govern when an employer must pay final wages to an employee who has separated from employment. Some state laws make a distinction between when an employer must pay an employee who has been fired (involuntary separation) and an employee who quits (voluntary separation).

State wage payment laws also dictate whether an employer must pay a separated employee the value of any accrued but unused time, such as vacation time or paid sick leave, or whether the employee forfeits the value of this time.

The following chart will provide employers with a summary of each state's requirements including:

  • When to pay final wages to an employee who has separated from employment
  • How to treat any accrued but unused time
  • The penalties that apply if an employer fails to comply with these requirements
  • And more...

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