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Separation From Employment: Maryland

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Authors: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services and Brightmine Editorial Team


  • Maryland employers generally can terminate an employee at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all. See Termination for Cause.
  • Employers must pay wages and benefits within a fixed period of time after the employment relationship ends. See Final Paycheck.
  • Maryland employers may seek to have outgoing employees execute noncompete agreements or restrictive covenants, but such agreements may only be enforceable to protect certain interests. See Noncompete Agreements.
  • Maryland recognizes constructive discharge claims and examines whether the employer has deliberately caused the employee's working conditions to become so intolerable that a reasonable person would feel compelled to resign. See Constructive Discharge.
  • A number of Maryland laws contain anti-retaliation protections. See Retaliatory Discharge.