What can I do if my employer insists that I personally pick up my last paycheck?

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What can I do if my employer insists that I personally pick up my last paycheck?

He told me he would give it to me when I gave him the key to the establishment. I returned the key through a friend and co-worker. He said that he sent my paycheck in the mail and claims it got lost. It has been a month since I was supposed to get it. I finally got him to reprint my check and he is giving me only specific times that I can come get it and he knows that they won’t work with my new schedule. I asked him if a co-worker could bring it to me if I gave my consent. He said no. Is this legal and is there a law against a co-worker bringing my check to me?

Asked on October 27, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Some employers require that a departing employee come in for final paperwork, etc. in order to get their last paycheck. However, even if that isn't the reason for requiring an employee to pick up their last paycheck, an employer can still require that this be done. In other words, there is no law requiring that an employer give someone else a departing employee's paycheck, whether or not that employee gives their consent for their paycheck be released to another. Bottom line, if you want to get paid, you'll have to go in.

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