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Paying Terminated Employees in Minnesota

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 30, 2012.

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Employers in Minnesota must comply with these state requirements when making the final wage payment to terminated employees.

In Minnesota, discharged employees must be paid in full immediately (within 24 hours) upon demand.

Employees who quit must be paid no later than the first regular payday after the employee's last day, unless otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement. If the first regular payday is less than five calendar days after the employee's last day, full payment may be delayed until the second regular payday, but may not exceed a total of 20 calendar days following the employee's last day.

Special Final Wage Payment Rules

If the employee handles money and property, 10 calendar days are allowed to audit accounts before final wages are due.

Migrant workers must be paid within five days of the date of a quit or discharge.

Wages for striking workers must be paid on the next regular payday.

Special rules apply for salespersons who earn commissions.

Wages and commissions must be paid at the usual place of payment unless the employee requests that they be sent by mail.

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