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Paying Terminated Employees in Montana

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

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

In Montana, the unpaid wages of terminated employees are payable on the next regular payday for the pay period during which the separation from employment occurred or 15 days from the date of separation, whichever occurs first.

Final payment must be made either through regular pay channels or by mail if requested by the employee.

Employers must pay employees separated for cause or laid off all unpaid wages due immediately upon separation, unless a written personnel policy extends the time to the next regular payday or 15 days from separation, whichever occurs first.

Special provisions apply for employees discharged due to allegations of theft of employer funds or property.

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