January 19, 2021 (8 minutes to read ∙ 1900 words)

As Layoffs Persist, Final Paycheck Cases Present a Unique Opportunity for Solos

By Ryan Stygar

In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a wave of layoffs in numbers not seen since the financial crisis of 2008. The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that around 18 million people were laid off in April. While numbers have steadily improved since then, the official unemployment rate remains at around 6.7 percent, or 10 million people.

Being laid off is hard, but it is even harder when employers unlawfully delay payment of final wages. Employees who lose their jobs often find they need their final check to help them stay afloat while they find other work. For them, the prompt payment of final wages is essential.

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