can a company force you to use your vacation days for a day or days you call in sick

I have an employer that says if you call off for being ill for a day you have to
use a vacation day to cover that day

Asked on January 11, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent an employment contract or union agreement to the contrary, an employer can dictate just when and how vacation time can be used as it is a discretionary benefit; this is one that is not legally required to be given. Accordingly, it is legal for your employer to mandate this use of vacation time unless it in some way constitutes some form of legally actionable discrimination (which ot does not appear to).

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