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Wage payment on termination: state laws

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Most states have regulations regarding the timing of when employers have to pay employees when a termination occurs. Often, there is a difference in that timing when it involves an employee who quits versus an employee who is fired by the employer.

In the chart below, the second column details the timing demands for employees who quit, and the third column covers those who are fired.

If a state doesn’t have regulations regarding the timing of final pay, the column is labeled “None.” In that case, employers should pay final wages according to their regular payday policies.















Employee Who Quits 

Employee Who’s Fired 





Next regular payday that’s at least three days after employer received notice of termination

Within three working days for employee who’s fired; next regular payday for employee who’s laid off


Next payday

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