Employer’s Payment Obligations to Separated Employees

December 17, 2009

When an employee is terminated, or when an employee quits, they are legally required to be paid certain wages, vacation, and bonuses earned according to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.  The Wage Payment Collection Act requires prompt payment at the time of termination, or at the latest by the next regularly scheduled paycheck, of all earned wages, salary, the monetary equivalent of any earned vacation and holiday pay, any earned commissions, earned bonuses, and any other compensation owed to the terminated employee.  The failure to pay these amounts can be recovered by the employee, and employers who fail to pay may be required to pay the employee’s attorney fees.

Please contact Jensen Law Office, LLC to answer any questions regarding what is required to be paid at separation, or to discuss your situation.