California Final Paychecks

10/18/2019 10:22 PM

​Requirements: Final Paychecks & Notices

If the employee is terminated: Immediately.


If the employee quits: Within 72 hours of notice of quitting or, if the employee provided 72 hours’ notice, on their last day of work.

If the employee dies: To the employee’s surviving spouse or the estate conservator up to $15,000.00 when they present an affidavit


The method of payment is as follows:


If the employee is terminated: At the place of termination.

If the employee quits with at least 72 hours’ notice: At the employer’s office in the county where they worked.

If the employee quits without 72 hours’ notice: At the employer’s office in the county where they worked or by mail if they request it and provide a mailing address.

Specific rules apply to certain industries, such as canning fruits, motion pictures, and oil drilling. 


Notices
Employers in California must provide their employees with a notice when their employment status changes (e.g., discharge, layoff, leave of absence). The Employment Development Department provides a sample form here.

Employers must also provide their employees with a pamphlet about unemployment benefits, which is available here

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