If your employer closes office half day, can they make you use your PTO?

Our company is closing the office New Year’s Eve the last part of the day. We will work 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. They are making us use our PTO for the last 3 hours due to the fact that they have chosen to close.

Asked on December 28, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Actually, your employer can do this. The fact so that PTO is not legally required to be given. Therefore, to the extent that a company chooses to provide it, it has a great deal of say over when it is to be taken. Accordingly, unless you have a union agreement or employment contract that states oherwise, you can be made to use your PTO to cover a half day that your employer closes the office.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Actually, your employer can do this. The fact so that PTO is not legally required to be given. Therefore, to the extent that a company chooses to provide it, it has a great deal of say over when it is to be taken. Accordingly, unless you have a union agreement or employment contract that states oherwise, you can be made to use your PTO to cover a half day that your employer closes the office.


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