Q. When is an employer required to give a worker his final paycheck?
A. It depends on the reason for separation. If an employee is discharged, the employer must give the worker his final paycheck on the date of discharge. If an employee without a written agreement for a definite period of employment quits without giving notice, his wages are due no later than 72 hours after the resignation. But if the employee gives notice and continues working until a set date, the employee is entitled to his paycheck on the last day.
An employee who quits without providing at least 72 hours’ notice may provide a mailing address and request that the paycheck be mailed. The date that the check is mailed constitutes the date of payment.
If an employer willfully fails to timely pay the wages of an employee who has quit or is fired, the employee’s wages will continue just as if he was still working for the company. That’s the penalty for tardy payments, and it continues until the employer pays or 30 days have passed.