A.R.S. § 23-353 - Payment Of Wages Owed To A Discharged Employee

A.R.S. § 23-353 sets forth the rules that apply regarding the payment of wages to employees who have quit their jobs or have been fired. The language of the statute has recently been amended to allow slightly more time for employers to pay discharged employees, but they still may have to receive their final pay before their regular payroll comes around, so employers should be careful to ensure that pay is received in a timely manner. Failure to pay amounts due may result in penalties against an employer, including, in some cases, the imposition of treble damages under A.R.S. § 23-355. The statute states:

A. When an employee is discharged from the service of an employer, he shall be paid wages due him within seven working days or the end of the next regular pay period, whichever is sooner.

B. When an employee quits the service of an employer he shall be paid in the usual manner all wages due him no later than the regular payday for the pay period during which the termination occurred. If requested by the employee, such wages shall be paid by mail.

C. Every employer, including this state and its political subdivisions, shall pay wages or compensation due an employee under this section in lawful money of the United States by negotiable check, draft, money order or warrant, in the case of the state or any political subdivision, which can be immediately redeemed in cash at a bank or other financial institution, payable on demand or by deposit in a financial institution of employee's choice and dated not later than the day upon which the check, draft, money order or warrant is given, and not otherwise.

D. A person violating this section is guilty of a petty offense.

If you are an employee and you have not received wages owed to you after the termination of your employment, regardless of whether you were fired or quit, you should contact an Arizona employment attorney to discuss your potential claims.