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Separation From Employment: Wisconsin

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: Brightmine Editorial Team


  • Employment relationships in Wisconsin are presumed to be at-will, meaning the employment relationship can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See Employment At-Will.
  • Employees, other than sales agents employed on a commission basis, who quit voluntarily or who are discharged involuntarily must be paid in full no later than the employee's next regular payday. See Termination Pay.
  • Wisconsin employers are barred from retaliating against employees who file complaints, attempt to enforce their rights or who testify or assist in cases relating to the state's fair employment laws. See Retaliation.