Can I pay my employee minimum wage on his final paycheck f my employee quit, didn’t come to work one day and gave no notice?

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Can I pay my employee minimum wage on his final paycheck f my employee quit, didn’t come to work one day and gave no notice?

Asked on June 20, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Minnesota

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No--up until the moment you fired him, he must be paid as per the then-existing terms or agreement as to compensation; that is, he must be paid the amount or rate for which he did the work. You could reduce a troubled employee's wages if you wanted, prior to terminating him or her--but such a reduction is only effective from the point or time at which you tell the employee his or her wage has been reduced. Wage reductions may not be made retroactively, even when an employee quits without notice.


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