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Final Paycheck Laws by State 2024

Updated: Jun 4

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Final Paycheck Laws by State 2024

When should an employee receive their final paycheck? The answer is not so easy as it would seem.


Much like the minimum wage or exempt salary threshold, final pay laws vary wildly from state to state. Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, an employee must be paid by their next regular payday, but many state laws require more immediate payment. Look below to find your final paycheck laws by state in 2024.

State

When an employee RESIGNS

When an employee is TERMINATED

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Alabama

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Alaska

The next regular payday that is at least three (3) working days after final day worked

Three (3) working days after termination

Arizona

Next Regular Payday

Within seven (7) working days, or the next regular pay period, whichever is sooner

Arkansas

Next Regular Payday

The next regular payday, but the employee may demand the payment, and if not delivered within seven (7) days, the wages due are doubled.

California

Within 72 hours, or immediately if the employee gave at least 72 hours of notice

Immediately

Colorado

Next Regular Payday

Immediately

Connecticut

Next Regular Payday

The next business day

Delaware

Next Regular Payday

Immediately

District of Columbia

The next regular payday, or within seven (7) days, whichever is earlier.

The next business day

Florida

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Georgia

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Hawaii 

The next regular payday, or immediately if the employee gives at least one (1) pay period of notice

Immediately, unless not possible, then the next business day

Idaho

Within ten (10) days, or next regular payday, which ever is first. If employee gives a written request for earlier payment, then within 48 hours of the request.

Within ten (10) days, or next regular payday, which ever is first. If employee gives a written request for earlier payment, then within 48 hours of the request.

Illinois

Immediately, but no later than next regular payday

Immediately, but no later than next regular payday

Indiana

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Iowa

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Kansas

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Kentucky

Fourteen (14) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs later

Fourteen (14) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs later

Louisiana

Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Maine

Two (2) weeks or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Two (2) weeks or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Maryland

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Massachusetts

Next Regular Payday

Immediately

Michigan

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Minnesota

The next regular payday that is at least five (5) days after the employee's final day, but no more than 20 days from the final day worked.

Within 24 hours of demand

Mississippi

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Missouri

Next Regular Payday - Per FLSA (No State Laws)

Immediately

Montana

Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Immediately, unless a written personnel policy already exists that extends that time, in which case Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Nebraska

Two (2) weeks or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Two (2) weeks or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Nevada 

7 days or the next regular pay day, whichever is earlier

Immediately

New Hampshire

The next regular payday, unless the employee gives one (1) pay period of notice, then 72 hours

Within 72 hours of termination

New Jersey

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

New Mexico

Next Regular Payday

The next regular payday, unless the wages due are a fixed amount, in which case five (5) days from termination.

New York

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

North Carolina

No later than the next regular payday. If the employee requests it by mail, the employer must send it at their own expense.

No later than the next regular payday. If the employee requests it by mail, the employer must send it at their own expense.

North Dakota

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Ohio

Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Fifteen (15) days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first

Oklahoma

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Oregon

Five (5) business days or the next regular payday, whichever occurs first. If you quit with 48 hours or more of notice, then your check is due on your last day of employment (or the next business day if that last day is a weekend or holiday)

The next business day

Pennsylvania

No later than the next regular payday. If the employee requests it by mail, the employer must do so.

No later than the next regular payday. If the employee requests it by mail, the employer must do so.

Rhode Island

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

South Carolina

Within 48 hours, or the next regularly-scheduled payday (not to exceed 30 days)

Within 48 hours, or the next regularly-scheduled payday (not to exceed 30 days)

South Dakota

The next regular payday, however the employer can withhold the final paycheck until all company property is returned

The next regular payday, however the employer can withhold the final paycheck until all company property is returned

Tennessee

21 days or the next regular payday, whichever comes last

21 days or the next regular payday, whichever comes last

Texas

Next Regular Payday

Six (6) days after the last day of employment

Utah

Next Regular Payday

Within 24 hours of termination

Vermont

The next regular payday, or the next Friday, whichever is first.

Within 72 hours of termination

Virginia

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Washington

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

West Virginia

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Wisconsin

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday

Wyoming

Next Regular Payday

Next Regular Payday



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