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Are employers legally compelled to offer vacation pay? Your Stories

You need a vacation so you take one, but your employer won’t cover a full week’s work. You work 40 hours a week on average, so you expect that’s what you’ll make for one week’s paid vacation. Instead, you’re compensated for 32 hours of work. You want to know, is this legal?
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – You need a vacation so you take one, but your employer won’t cover a full week’s work.

You work 40 hours a week on average, so you expect that’s what you’ll make for one week’s paid vacation. Instead, you’re compensated for 32 hours of work.

You want to know, is this legal?

According to New York State Labor Law, it is.

Employers are not obligated to pay employees for time not actually worked – for example, sick or vacation time – unless there is a company policy to that effect.

And when your employer does establish a benefit policy, he or she can impose conditions as they choose.

So your employer can trim one week of vacation pay to 32 hours if that is what is outlined in the company policy.

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