No matter whether you receive a termination notice or you decide to quit on your own, you should not have to worry about when you will receive your last paycheck. If you currently wonder when an employer should pay you your final wages, you should know that Colorado law requires your employer to act promptly or face possible legal consequences. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment explains what should happen when your final wages are due. In the event a workplace fires you, you should receive your final paycheck immediately. However, under certain circumstances, you may wait a little longer to receive your wages. 

Final wage delays 

In some cases, the accounting unit of a workplace is not in operation on the same day the workplace fires an employee. If so, the law allows for the accounting unit to wait until the next regular workday to dispense a final paycheck. This should happen within six hours from the start of the workday. 

However, sometimes the workplace does not maintain its paycheck accountants in the same building, so it might take longer to dispense a paycheck. According to state law, an employer has 24 hours from the beginning of the regular workday of the accounting unit to retrieve the paycheck and distribute it to the employee at the work site, the local office of the employer, or the last known mailing address of the employee. 

Payment by mail 

In some cases, an employer cannot supply final wages to a fired worker in person. If you are in this situation, state law makes some provisions for you to receive your wages. An employer or an accounting unit may go ahead and mail a fired worker a final paycheck, provided they postmark the envelope within the time periods previously specified. 

When workers quit 

In the event you decide to leave a workplace by your own choice, it may take longer for you to receive your wages. According to Colorado law, an employer may pay you upon the next regularly scheduled payday. Payment may proceed as it would normally, by check, direct deposit into your bank account, or with cash.