What are the rules on final paychecks in California?

Generally, an employer must issue a final paycheck to an employee immediately if the employee is being fired or laid off. The final paycheck must include all unpaid wages and any unused vacation time. However, an employer must issue a final paycheck to an employee who has resigned not more than seventy-two (72) hours following the resignation, unless the employee has given seventy-two (72) hours notice of his or her resignation, in which case the final paycheck must be issued on the date of resignation.

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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