If I quit my job will I be paid for my unused vacation?

I have worked for my company for over 20 years. The HR manual from when I was hired states that they pay unused vacation. However, they have since updated the manual to state that vacation is for active employees only.

Asked on March 4, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Maryland

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

In your state (MD) if the currently in-effect policies of the employer state that vacation is not paid out on termination of employment (or something to the same effect, such as that vacation is only for active employees), the employer will not have to pay you for your unused vacation if you quit. There is no law requiring payment of unused but accrued vacation in your state; it is up to employer policy. An employer can have a policy denying payment of vacation when employment ends. Employment policies may be changed or updated, so they could change their prior policy to deny payment.


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