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State-specific last paycheck requirements

This list is provided for informational uses only. Employers should always consult their legal counsel for authoritative instructions as to their responsibilities.

State

Involuntary Termination

Voluntary Termination

Alabama

No applicable law in place.

No applicable law in place.

Alaska

Final wages to be given within three work days

Final wages to be given on the next regular payday (that is at least three days after the employee gives notice).

Arizona

Final wages must be given within seven working days, or on the next scheduled payday, whichever occurs first.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Arkansas

Final wages must be given within seven days.

 

California

Final wages must be given immediately.

Final wages must be given within 72 hours. However, if employee has given more than 72 hours' notice, final check must be given immediately.

Colorado

Final wages must be given immediately. "Immediately" means within 6 hours of the start of the next working day if the payroll unit is closed when termination occurs, or within 24 hours if the payroll unit is offsite.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Connecticut 

Final wages must be given on the next business day.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Delaware

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

District of Columbia

Final wages must be given on the next business day.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within seven days, which occurs first.

Florida

No applicable law in place.

No applicable law in place.

Georgia

No applicable law in place.

No applicable law in place.

Hawaii

Final wages must be given immediately, or on the next business day if there are conditions that prevent immediate payment.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday. However, if employee gave at least one pay period's notice, final check must be given immediately.

Idaho 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within 10 days, whichever occurs first. However, if employee makes a written request for earlier payment, within 48 hours of receiving the request.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within 10 days, whichever occurs first. However, if employee makes a written request for earlier payment, within 48 hours of receiving the request.

Illinois 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Indiana 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday. If the employee has not given a forwarding address, the employer must wait until 10 days after the employee demands wages or provides an address where the final check can be mailed.

Iowa 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Kansas 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Kentucky

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 14 days, whichever occurs later.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within 14 days, whichever occurs later.

Louisiana

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within 15 days, whichever occurs earlier.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or within 15 days, whichever occurs earlier.

Maine

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Maryland

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Massachusetts 

Final wages must be given immediately.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or on the Saturday that follows an employee's resignation if there is no scheduled payday.

Michigan

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Minnesota

Final wages must be given immediately.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday. However, if the payday is less than five days after the last day that the employee works, the employer must pay on the next payday or 20 days after the employee's last day of work, whichever is earlier.

Mississippi

No applicable law in place.

No applicable law in place.

Missouri 

Final wages must be given immediately.

No applicable law in place.

Montana

If employee is laid off or fired for cause, final wages must be given immediately. The employer has the option of maintaining a written policy that extends this time to the next scheduled payday or within 15 days, whichever is earlier.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 15 days, whichever is earlier.

Nebraska 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within two weeks, whichever occurs first.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within two weeks, whichever occurs first.

Nevada 

Final wages must be given immediately.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within seven days, whichever occurs first.

New Hampshire 

Final wages must be given within 72 hours of termination.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

New Jersey 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

New Mexico 

Final wages must be given within five days.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

New York 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

North Carolina 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

North Dakota 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Ohio 

No applicable law in place.

Final wages must be given on the first day of the month for wages that were earned in the first half of the prior month, or on the fifteenth day of the month for wages earned in the second half of the prior month.

Oklahoma 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Oregon 

Final wages must be given by the end of the next business day.

Final wages must be given immediately if the employee has given at least 48 hours' notice. If employee does not give notice, final check must be given within five days or the next scheduled payday, whichever occurs first.

Pennsylvania 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Rhode Island 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

South Carolina

Final wages must be given within 48 hours or on the next scheduled payday, but not more than 30 days.

No applicable law in place.

South Dakota 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or when the employee returns the employer's property.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or when the employee returns the employer's property.

Tennessee 

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 21 days, whichever is later.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 21 days, whichever is later.

Texas 

Final wages must be given within six days.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Utah 

Final wages must be given within 24 hours.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Vermont 

Final check must be given within 72 hours.

Final wages must be given on the next scheduled payday, or on the next Friday if there is no scheduled paydays.

Virginia 

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Washington 

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

West Virginia 

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Wisconsin

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 31 days of wages being earned, whichever occurs first.

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday or within 31 days of wages being earned, whichever occurs first.

Wyoming 

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Final check must be given on the next scheduled payday.

Last paycheck laws vary from state to state, and are different for voluntary and involuntary terminations.

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