If you are let go and have unused acquired PTO hours, is the company legally obligated to pay them out?

I read that it depends on company policy as well as your states laws regarding such. Georgia has no PTO/vacation pay laws and I can’t find any written policies regarding PTO payouts online or in the company employee handbook. Am I even able to take action?

Asked on March 9, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

In GA, whether an employer pays an employee for earned but unused vacation time at the time upon their dperture, it is strictly a matter of company policy. There is no state law that requires vacation time or PTO be paid out. This is true whether or not the worker quits or is fired.

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

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

In GA, whether an employer pays an employee for earned but unused vacation time at the time upon their dperture, it is strictly a matter of company policy. There is no state law that requires vacation time or PTO be paid out. This is true whether or not the worker quits or is fired.


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