How to get vacation time that is owed?

I been working in the same place for 33 years. I have accumulated 16 plus weeks of paid vacation time that I have not been able to use. I believe the business owner may be winding down to close the business. My state requires vacation time to be paid upon firing/layoff by following week paid period. What do I do now to prevent getting screwed for pay due me if he decides to close down short of saying pay me 16 weeks right now. I only want my pay due if he closes down.

Asked on July 14, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I would carefully read your employee employer handbook assuming there is one to see what work policy states with respect to accrued vacation time as to using it or losing it in a given year. If there is nothing written to that effect, then under the laws of all states in this country if your employer shuts down the business and you are terminated, you are entitled to payment of your accrued vacation time on your last day of work.

I suggest that you consult with your human resources person about this issue and if there is not one, consult with your immediate supervisor.


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