What are the rules in regards to paying employees holidays and giving them vacation paid time off?

I work for a private owned company; I have worked here for 5 years. They have the company split into parts under 2 different names.

Asked on December 9, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You don't give much by way of details. However, the general rule is that paid holidays and vacations are not legally mandated. In other words, if they are provided it is at an employer's discretion. Accordingly, the employer can set the terms and conditions of such time. This includes if and when such time is taken. So company policy will dictate paid time off ("PTO"). The only other controling factors may be any specific term(s) regarding such time that is (are) addressed in an employment contract or union agreement.

Note: Additionally, if there is some form of actionable discrimination at play, that may affect rules affecting paid holidays/vacations.

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