If I give 2 weeks notice, does my employer need to pay me for those 2 weeks?

Asked on September 24, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Kansas


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, your employer does not have to pay you for that time. Te fact is that an employer need only pay an employee for the time that was actually worked. And giving a 2-week notice is a courtesy on the employee's part it is not a requirement. Additionally, an employer need not extend the courtesy the other way. Therefore, unless you have something such as a union agreement or employment contract which provides for different treatment or this is in violation of company policy, either written or implied i.e. runs counter to the way in which other employees in the same situation were treated, your employer's action was legal. 
Note If you feel that discrimination or retaliation was a factor in your treatment, you may have a claim. However, you did not indicate this to be the case.

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