What are my rights if my employer is suddenly reducing my vacation and sick leave by $10 per hour?

I am a weekend employee who has received all my vacation and sick leave at my weekend rate for the past 8 years. Now my employer has decided to reduce my vacation and sick leave and pay me my base rate. They say I only get the premium when I actually work. I have a written agreement that says otherwise and is applied across the entire hospital system for all other weekend employees.

Asked on June 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, an employer may reduce benefits (like sick and vacation leave) or compensation at will. The exception is if there is an employment contract; if it is, that contract is enforceable as per its terms. If you have a contract, as you indicate, you should bring it to an employment attorney who can review it with you and advise you as to your rights.

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