The time requirement for a final paycheck depends on if the employee quit without notice, quit with at least 72-hours’ notice or was terminated or laid off. Failing to provide a terminating employee with his/her final paycheck in a timely manner can subject you to waiting time penalties. For more information, see "Waiting Time Penalties" in Wage and Hour Enforcement and Penalties.
Certain industries are granted exceptions to the final paycheck requirements.
Read about a 2016 court case.
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