If a employee puts in their two-week notice and you let them go on the spot, do you have to pay them for the two weeks?

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Business Law, Arizona


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No. Arizona is an employment at will state--barring an employment contract (either personal or union) or some improper basis for dismissal (such as discrmination), either the employer or employee may end the working relationship at any time, for any reason. Giving two weeks notice is a courtesy to the employer, to give it time to find another worker, adjust work assignments, etc. It is not a requirement, and the employer is under no obligation to either allow the employee to work the two weeks or to  pay him/her for the notice period if they don't work.

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