Does my employer have to pay me accrued vacation time?

I work for a small business in Wisconsin (under 15-20 people). I gave my 2 weeks notice after 6 yrs of employment and was told that my accrued vacation time won’t be paid. Is this legal?

Asked on July 6, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Wisconsin law does not require employers to pay out accrued vacation time on resignation; it is up to employers what policy to have in this regard. If it has been your employer's policy to pay out vacation time on resignation, then, unless they had announced a policy change prior to your resignation, they'd have to pay you; otherwise, they do not need to pay your accrued vacation time.


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