Can they not pay me my PTO


I work for a local hospital and was hired in July 2010 when the PTO Policy was set at 6 months to receive a 50% payout if you leave the company. They changed the policy in November 2010 and now they are telling me based on the new policy I cannot receive my PTO payout. Will I have a case if I decide to sue?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 7, 2011 07:46 AM [EST]  |  applies to North Carolina

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Reagan Weaver
North Carolina law requires an employer to pay vacation per whatever their policy is. If I understand your question correctly, you want to know whether we can force them to honor the terms of the vacation policy that was in effect 8 months ago, instead of a change they implemented four months ago. I am not aware of what the case law says about a vacation policy that changed after hiring, but I think you have an argument to mnake that the contract you made with the hospital when you were hired, is the contract that applies--not a unilateral change that you did not agree to.

Probably the best place for you to check would be the NC Dept of Labor which enforces the law that would apply. Our tax dollars pay for their service. If they can help you, that would be a more economical way to handle this.

posted by Reagan Weaver  |  Mar 7, 2011 09:39 AM [EST]

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