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Arizona Law regarding final pay after being fired?

I was recently fired by a company and it has been a week but still no check. I know Arizona Law requires to be paid within 72 hours. My question is since they have not what actions can be taken? Do they owe me 3 times my check or do the not owe me any more then what is suppose to be paid?


An employer in Arizona who fires a worker must pay the worker within 3 working days. School districts have 10 calendar days to pay the employee. Employees who quit must be paid on the next regular payday. Under Arizona statute 23-350, when wages owed to an employee are no more than $2,500.00 and the accrual of those unpaid wages does not exceed one year, the employee may file a wage claim with the Industrial Commission of Arizona.


The Department will issue a Final Order requiring that the employer pay the worker. If the employer does not comply within 10 days after the Final Order is issued, then the employer must pay triple the amount.  Employees have the option of filing a lawsuit in court for back wages. However, they cannot file both a wage claim with the state and a lawsuit – so it’s wiser to file a wage claim. This can be done online at:

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9 Responses to “Arizona Law regarding final pay after being fired?”

  1. Political Junkie Says:

    Boycott Arizona Tea – That will really send a message.

  2. Caitlin Says:

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  3. Bill B Says:

    Web link come back as not found.

  4. Nigel F Says:

    I keep hearing 72 hours or 3 days mentioned as the time period a terminated employee must be issued their final pay in AZ, but I’ve only ever been able to find state information stating 7 business days/next regular pay-date (the sooner of the two).

  5. hrlady Says:

    Hi Nigel,
    Keep in mind the information above was posted in 2008; so, wage and hour laws may have changed since then. The information you’ve found is accurate. According to the Industrial Commission of Arizona, an employer must pay someone who has been terminated within seven of the employees’ working days or the next payday, whichever is sooner. School districts may pay wages due the employee within ten calendar days from the date of discharge.

  6. Karen Says:

    Arizona law for getting a paycheck to an employee is not 3 days. It’s 7 days if they are fired and the following pay period if they quit. It’s websites like this that put out incorrect information which causes unnecessary law suits. I would suggest you always to your state’s labor department website for answers or call the state labor department. To clear this there is not a federal law that mandates when an employer has to issue a pay check after terminating an employee. Each state has different laws regarding that. Check your state’s website for information or call them.

  7. hrlady Says:

    Hi Karen,
    You’re right about the law and this matter was addressed in a previous comment. The original post is a few years old and laws may change. Thank you for reading our blog.

  8. Nigel F Says:

    hrlady, thank you for the follow-up (though it was over a year ago!). I keep the payday and final pay information from the labor commission and AZ statutes bookmarked on my browser for the different states we have employees in now. I know AZ USED to require 72 hours, but that changed sometime in 2012 (not 100% sure on the year… now it is definitely 7 days).

  9. hrlady Says:

    Hi Nigel,
    You’re welcome! Glad to know you’re still reading our blog! Keeping up to date with the labor laws in only one state can be difficult so doing it for several states can be exhausting! The best way is staying in touch with each state’s department of labor, which it sounds like you already do!

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