How long until an employer must pay vacation time benefits?

UPDATED: Aug 27, 2011

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How long until an employer must pay vacation time benefits?

My wife quit and it’s been a full pay period past that point. She has been paid for all the hours worked but none of the vacation time. The company says they have essentially another month before they will pay her for this. Is this legal? I thought it was all supposed to be paid by the next pay period?

Asked on August 27, 2011 Indiana


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of most states, if an employee is terminated by the employer, he or she is to be immediately paid for all monies due him or her before leaving the business location one final time. If the employee quits on his or her own accord, the employer has a set amount of time to pay the employee his or her final paycheck and other monies owed including accrued and owed vacation pay.

The time period to do this usually at most is five(5) to seven (7) days.

Your wife might wish to make a complaint with the local labor department about her failure to have received all monies owed her by her former employer in the required time period.

Good luck.


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