collecting built up sick leave if quit

I have worked for a company for 17 years and have built up over 400 hours of sick time. I have only worked part time the past 2 years am I entitled to any of that time when I completely quit? Thank you.

Asked on May 28, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Missouri


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In your state, there is no general legal requirement to pay someone out their unused sick leave on termination of employment. If there was a written employment contract or written employment policy that clearly and unequivocally guaranteed you this pay, you may be entitled to it--and if not paid, could potentially bring a legal action for the money. But in the absence of such a written employment contract or written policy, your employer does not need to pay you.

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