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How do I get my final paycheck?

I was laid-off, fired or my job ended 

  • You must make a written demand to your employer for all wages. See our sample letter.

  • The employer must pay all final wages within 24 hours of receiving the written demand.

  • If you handled money or property for your employer, your employer may take 10 calendar-days to audit its records before issuing your final paycheck.

I quit my job

  • The employer must pay all final wages on your next regular payday that is at least five days after you quit.

  • The employer must pay within 20 days of your final day of work.

  • If you handled money or property for your employer, your employer may take 10 calendar-days to audit its records before issuing your final paycheck.

See Minnesota Statutes 181.13 and 181.14.

What if I don't get my final wages?

After you have made a demand to your employer and still have not been given your final wages, call the Labor Standards unit at 651-284-5070 to file a wage claim.

Can my employer deduct money from my wages?

Your employer may deduct money from your wages if:

  • you are covered by a union collective bargaining agreement that allows for deductions;

  • you are a commissioned salesperson with rules regarding deductions for performance issues;

  • before you made a purchase or took out a loan from your employer you voluntarily agreed in writing to have the cost of that loan or purchase taken out of your wages; or

  • there is a court order requiring that deductions be taken.

Your employer cannot deduct from your wages for broken equipment, lost money or other employer losses unless:

  • after the loss occurs, you give the employer your voluntary written authorization to deduct from your wages; or

  • you have been found liable for the loss by a court.

See Minnesota Statutes 181.79.

Can uniforms and equipment be deducted?

Your employer may deduct up to $50 total from your wages for:

  • purchased or rented uniforms required for your job;

  • purchased or rented equipment used to do your job;

  • consumable supplies used to do your job; and

  • travel expenses incurred for work.

The $50 deducted from your wage must be paid back to you when you leave employment.

See Minnesota Statutes 177.24.

For more information

Contact us at dli.laborstandards@state.mn.us, 651-284-5070 or 800-342-5354.