Unused Vacation Pay in Arizona

I was recently laid off from my job of 22 months. I have 95.50 hours of unused vacation time that I believe I am owed. Are you familar with Arizona? According to their handbook it says "While unused PTO does not carry over from year to year, employees are compensated for unused PTO." Should I get paid for my unused vacation pay?

1 answer  |  asked Feb 14, 2009 1:16 PM [EST]  |  applies to Arizona

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Francis Fanning
Vacation must be paid if that is the employer's practice

From the language of the handbook you quoted, it seems the employer's policy is to pay for unused vacation either at the end of the year or in the event of a termination. There is no law in Arizona that requires an employer to give paid vacation or to pay for unused vacation. It is considered a matter of contract, and the evidence of the terms of your contract that the employer has put in its handbook appears to support your position. If the amount owed is less than $2,500.00, you can contact the Labor Department of the Industrial Commission of Arizona to make a wage claim. The number is (602)542-4515. If your claim is for more than that amount, you will need to file suit if the employer refuses to pay.

posted by Francis Fanning  |  Feb 16, 2009 3:33 PM [EST]

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