Can an employer take my vacation time and use it towards sick time without me knowing?

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Can an employer take my vacation time and use it towards sick time without me knowing?

They took 3 days when i was off sick and used my vacation time towards the abscence. I was not aware of this.

Asked on June 6, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

PTO (or vacation days and/or sick time) is not a legally required benefit in most jurisdictions. Accordingly, to the extent at a company provides it, it has a great deal of say over when and why it is used. Accordingly, unless your employer's action violated the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, it is legal. Also, your treatment must not have constituted some form of legally actionable discrimination (which you did not indicate).  


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