Under what circumstances can a final paycheck be withheld under California law?

There are no circumstances under which an employer can withhold a final paycheck under California law; employers are typically required to issue a final paycheck containing compensation for all earned, unpaid wages, as well as any accrued, unused vacation time upon the employee’s separation from employment.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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