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Separation From Employment: Pennsylvania

Separation From Employment requirements for other states

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

Author: Celia M. Joseph, Fisher Phillips


  • Employment relationships in Pennsylvania are presumed to be at-will, meaning they can be terminated by either party, at any time, with or without cause. See Termination for Cause.
  • Pennsylvania has substantial protections from termination for employees who engage in certain types of protected conduct. See Retaliatory Discharge.
  • Terminated employees must be paid their final wages, including unused vacation time, according to certain rules. Employers face penalties for failure to comply. See Termination Pay.
  • Philadelphia has requirements that affect the process of termination. See Local Requirements.