I work in Florida and my employer is telling me I cannot take unpaid vacation. Is this allowed?

I work as an hourly employee where I accrue PTO at a rate of 1.5 hours a week. I want to accrue vacation to be able to have enough for a trip next year, 80 hours. I want to take two days unpaid now so I can keep accruing and my boss says I can't take unpaid leave. Is this allowed in Florida?

2 answers  |  asked Feb 16, 2016 05:21 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (2)

Phyllis Towzey
Most employers would refuse your request. The allotment of vacation time is based not only on how much paid leave an employer believes is appropriate, but also how much time away from work the employer believes is appropriate. The employer has the right to ensure workplace productivity by refusing to grant unpaid leave in addition to the PTO that has already been allocated.

posted by Phyllis Towzey  |  Feb 16, 2016 07:31 AM [EST]
Arthur Schofield
There is no entitlement to any particular length of vacation or vacation at all. It is a common benefit, but not one required by any law. As for the PTO, however, if they do not give you time off to use it it is a wage that you are entitled to be paid for. Hope this helps.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Feb 16, 2016 07:01 AM [EST]

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