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Process of Termination: Washington

Process of Termination requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Sevilla Rhoads, Garvey Schubert Barer


  • Washington employers must pay final wages within a certain period of time following termination of employment. See Payment of Final Wages.
  • Washington employers are limited in what deductions can be made from the final paycheck. See Payment of Final Wages.
  • In Washington, final payouts or forfeiture of vacation or sick leave time depend on the employer's established policies. See Leave Payouts.
  • In Washington, there is a presumption of good faith for employers who provide post-employment references to prospective employers. See References.
  • Washington employers must give written termination reasons upon request. See Termination Letters.
  • Washington employees have the right to annually inspect their personnel files. See Personnel Files.
  • Washington law has some record retention laws pertaining to former employees. See Records Retention.