Q & A – I’ve just fired an employee in California. How soon before I have to pay final wages?

Q: I’ve just fired an employee in California. How soon before I have to pay final wages?

A: In California, when an employee is terminated by the employer, all earned and unpaid wages at the time of discharge are due and payable immediately. An exception is made for certain seasonal employees. Additional information on final pay can be found here: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_paydays.htm.