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Old 07-30-2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default If you garner vacation time but quit your job before you use it.

Is it just gone? Or are you owed that amount?

I just thought it was gone but my brother said that you're supposed to get that paid back to you if you don't use it.

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Old 07-30-2009, 05:54 PM   #2
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Is it just gone? Or are you owed that amount?

I just thought it was gone but my brother said that you're supposed to get that paid back to you if you don't use it.
Read your contract. Didn't you just start that job?

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Its depends on that company's policy. Me and my wife both work gov jobs and would get ours if we left and would get all our sick time to if we retired there also. But to be sure you would have to contact that company's HR or look over you employee handbook cause chances are if you call them they my just say no.
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Make sure you know ahead of time. The old ladies step dad just lost 3000 hours of vacation. Yep, lost it all. Works for Fleetwood and earned it there. Fleetwood was sold. New company fired him (acting as Fleetwood) then immediately re-hired him as a new employee for the new company. This happened to hundreds of employees. I have a feeling their might be a lawsuit over this one.

Around 1997 I was talking to a machinist who worked at Northrum Grumman and they had just renotiated their CBA. Wages reduced somewhere around $10 per hour. NG tried to pay vacation earned at new lower wage, rather than the wage vacation was earned. Union got involved, not sure what happened.
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MY policy was to always try and use it first.
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MY policy was to always try and use it first.
Yeah it was a tricky situation.

I was made aware I had vacation after they hired me back after laying me off and then they laid off 8 guys because one of the GC's running two of our jobs wasn't paying up and I ended up quitting soon after anyway.

I'm not gonna cry over it, I'm making over 3 dollars more than I was before.
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Here in Ontario we always get vacation pay when terminated.
Unless you're Union.. Then most unions holds vacation moneys from the contractor and cuts you a cheque once or twice a year.
In Toronto The IBEW worker gets the 10% vacation pay on every cheque.
(Bummer for us guys who don't save.)
BTW that 10% is vacation pay plus stat. holiday pay combined.
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Unless you have some special contract, you have no legal right to your vacation pay. If you quit, get fired, or get laid off, you forfeit your vacation pay. Matter of fact, an employer can just yank your vacation time for no reason at all and still keep you employed.
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Unless you have some special contract, you have no legal right to your vacation pay. If you quit, get fired, or get laid off, you forfeit your vacation pay. Matter of fact, an employer can just yank your vacation time for no reason at all and still keep you employed.
Exactly what happened to me!!. The a##hole was secretly giving vacation to the other guy and then other guy slipped and told me about it. All the while "bosshole" is hacking on the other guy to me...

End result is he has his stinkin van and work phone back and his "good guy" (as he called me) has moved on.

What a jerk.

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Any company that would keep your vacation time or sick time you have accrued is not a company I would want to work for. But like said above, they may not have to.
Shameful IMHO.
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Vacation pay? What's that?

I don't have the leverage with my boss just yet to be concerned about anything beyond just getting enough work so as to get paid at all.
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Best advise is to check with your state labor dept. Some states treat vacation pay as wages, and companies are required to pay it out if you leave or are terminated.
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Unless you have some special contract, you have no legal right to your vacation pay. If you quit, get fired, or get laid off, you forfeit your vacation pay. Matter of fact, an employer can just yank your vacation time for no reason at all and still keep you employed.
Wow, I have never heard of this. I thought it was owed to you upon termination or ending of the position. I would think there was a legal case for that somehow, unless the vacation time accrued was not "paid" vacation.
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Wow, I have never heard of this. I thought it was owed to you upon termination or ending of the position. I would think there was a legal case for that somehow, unless the vacation time accrued was not "paid" vacation.
I poked around online, and found out pretty much what I expected to... this is regulated at the state level. Some states require that any unused vacation be paid out when you quit, but most do not. In my state (PA), the only thing you're owed when you quit is for the hours you actually worked, and not any accrued vacation, unless your contract says that you'll be paid for the unused vacation when you quit.

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