Is it legal to not give your employees any holiday pay, personal days or vacations?

I have worked at my present job for 7 years. Early last year, my employer announced that due to low funds we would no longer get PTO. It has almost been 2 years and we still get neither. Is that legal? People need time off.

Asked on December 3, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Actually and unfortunately not giving such time is perfectly legal. PTO (paid holidays, sick days and vacations) are not legally mandated. That means the under the law an employer is not required to provide them. Therefore PTO is a discretionary benefit that an employer may or may not chooseto grant. To the extent that they they are provided, an employer may set the terms and condtions under which such time is given (when, who, why, etc.).

So unless this violates a union agreement or employment contract, your employer is breaking no law.


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