One of my line cooks just quit and walked out in the middle of his shift. What are my obligations to get him his final pay?
Legal Partner Lukas Clary: Because California is an “at-will” state, an employee OR employer can terminate a job position at any time, with or without notice. If an employee resigns without notice, an employer must pay that employee all wages owed within 72 hours. The final paycheck can be made by mail if the employee requests and designates a mailing address. The date that the check is mailed is considered the date of payment. Absent a request by the employee to have the final paycheck mailed, the check may be held until it is picked up.
For more details on the legalities of employment termination, see our Industry Insight.
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