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Separation From Employment: Illinois

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Lindsey M. Hogan, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.


  • Employees with contractual employment arrangements may have different rights than at-will employees. See Termination for Cause.
  • Illinois employers may not terminate employees in a manner that violates public policy or prevents them from cooperation with government or law enforcement officials. See Retaliation.
  • Terminated employees must be paid on the next regularly scheduled payday. Payment must include accrued vacation time in certain circumstances. See Termination Pay.