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Q.If an employee resigns, how long do I have to pay their wages? (CA)

A.When an employee resigns or quits, the employer must pay all wages owed within 72 hours of the resignation.

If the employee provides 72 or more hours notice of his or her intent to quit, or resign, the employer must pay the employee immediately at the time of departure.

However, if the employee provides less than 72 hours notice, or no notice at all, then the employer must provide the employee with his or her paycheck within 72 hous of the notice given, or quitting date. The date the employer places the employee's final paycheck in the mail, is considered the date of payment.

If the employer 'willfully' fails to pay the employee within 72 hours, then the employer may be assessed a penalty. The pensalty is calculated by multiplying the number of days the payment is delayed by the employee's daily wage (up to a maximum of 30 days).

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