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Discipline and termination

State procedures
Are there state-specific laws on the procedures employers must follow with regard to discipline and grievance procedures?

No—unless the employer has unions in its workforce and a collective bargaining agreement in place, employers are free to discipline employees for misconduct as they see fit.

At-will or notice
At-will status and/or notice period?

Connecticut has no required period of notice before disciplining or discharging at-will employees.

What restrictions apply to the above?

Employers should be aware of Connecticut’s Personnel File Act (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-128a et seq.), which, among other things, requires employers to allow employees to inspect their personnel files on request. The statute also allows an employee to submit a written statement explaining why he or she disagrees with anything contained in the personnel file (including discipline); the employee’s statement must be maintained in the file (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-128e).

Final paychecks
Are there state-specific rules on when final paychecks are due after termination?

If an employee voluntarily leaves or is laid off, he or she must be paid by the next regularly scheduled payday (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 31-71c). If an employee is terminated, he or she must be paid by the following business day.

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