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Separation From Employment: Kentucky

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Author: Cynthia Blevins Doll, Fisher Phillips.


  • Where a verbal contract or the terms of an employee handbook or policy manual have created an employment contract, Kentucky employees may then only be terminated for cause. See Termination for Cause.
  • The Kentucky Civil Rights Act adds a category of protected employees not recognized at the federal level. See The Kentucky Civil Rights Act.
  • Employers must pay all wages earned by a terminated employee within a set amount of time or risk facing penalties for noncompliance. See Termination Pay.