Paid time off or vacation time is one of the many perks of employment with certain companies. While there is no Florida law that governs how much, if any vacation time is given there are laws protecting that paid time if you are laid off, fired, or quit your job. Paid time off or accrued vacation time is considered a form of compensation. Thus when you are no longer working with the company that unused time becomes part of your final compensation.
However, company policy varies on how this time is accrued and how long you have to claim it. Some employers assign PTO monthly, quarterly, or even annually.
Be sure to check your employment contract or policy handbook to ensure that there is a policy in place for the accrual and disbursement of PTO. Often employers will have “use or lose” policies regarding PTO, which may diminish the amount of paid time you are entitled.
If your employer denies your claim of PTO after your employment has ended, you may be able to seek compensation. The Employment and Labor attorneys of Massey & Duffy, PLLC have successfully recovered damages for unpaid wages, overtime claims, employment discrimination, and other related cases. If you believe you are due unpaid compensation from your employer, call our office today at (352) 505-8900 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.