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Are there any rules about when I must give workers their final paychecks?

Yes. Most states have laws requiring employers to give employees their final paychecks very soon after termination -- sometimes on their last day of work. This may mean that you cannot wait for your usual payroll process to issue the final check. In some states, these deadlines depend on whether the employee was fired or quit. For a chart of each state's laws, see Nolo's chart Final Paychecks for Departing Employees. 

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