What is the policy for paid vacation time when you leave an employer?

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What is the policy for paid vacation time when you leave an employer?

I have an email stating the company I just left gives 2 weeks vacation no time limits put on it,

like a year or 1 fall, 1 summer, no allocation time periods. I left in April. They are telling me they do not pay unused vacation time and I’m not entitled to any unearned vacation wages. I’m just wondering if I am entitled to anything.

Asked on April 26, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Actualy, your state is one of the relative few that do require the payment of accrued but unused vacation time on termination of employment (the employer can put limits on accrual, or on how much you can carry over, but whatever you have at termination, should be paid). Here is a link to an advisory from your state's Attorney General which you may find helpful: http://www.mass.gov/ago/docs/workplace/vacation-advisory.pdf


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