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Final Paycheck When You're Fired


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Definition: When you are fired from your job, in many cases, your employer will have your final paycheck ready for you at the time you're fired. However, that isn't guaranteed.

When you get your final paycheck depends on state law and on company policy.

There is no federal law requiring employers to pay you on the last day worked, but some states may require that you be paid immediately. Some employers may opt to pay you right away, especially if you have been fired, regardless of the law in your state. Check with your state department of labor for specific information on your situation.

At the latest, you should be paid by the regular pay date for the last pay period that you worked.

For more information visit the Department of Labor web site:
Last Paycheck

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Also Known As: last check, final paycheck

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