My company was bought by another company; can the new company refuse to cash out PTO if I quit?

My company was bought by a company from Florida and I’m in WA. Per our handbook before the buy out, we would be cashed out at 100% for our earned and unused PTO if we resigned as long as we gave 2 weeks notice.

We the employees were told about the buyout one day before it took place. The new company now says they will give you $0 for any PTO you have left when you resign. The new company refuses to provide us with an employee handbook. Is it legal for this company to deny me pay-out for my PTO when I leave someday? Is there any recourse? PTO was part of my compensation so can they take it away when I leave?

1 answer  |  asked Sep 26, 2019 5:57 PM [EST]  |  applies to Washington

Answers (1)

Patty Rose
It is possible that the PTO will be viewed as wages and must be paid out within the last payroll period following separation. L&I enforces this law as can private lawyers.

Feel free to contact me should you desire a more formal consultation.

Patty Rose
206)622-8964'
patty@pattyroselaw.com

posted by Patty Rose  |  Sep 26, 2019 9:40 PM [EST]

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