am I entitled to unused vacation pay?

I am a police officer who was injured on duty. I have been off work for the last year and thanks to a village ordinance, have been receiving full wages and benefits while I have been off. Unfortunately, my injury is forcing me to take a disability retirement. My Village is saying that they do not have to pay me my unused vacation pay, even though I have accrued it, and due to my being off, have had no way to use the time. The Village policy says that they will not pay for unused vacation, but does not specify between active employees, retirement, termination or voluntary separation. It seems to me that as I have had no opportunity to use the time, I should be compensated for it.

1 answer  |  asked Sep 1, 2010 1:08 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

Neil Rubin
Unless you belong to a union which allows for it in a collective bargaining agreement, there is no law which compels your employer to pay you for unused vacation. This is especially true when they are following their policy in a non-discriminatory fashion. The fact that they do not specify between active, retirement or terminated employees has no bearing because they have stated that no one will be compensated. I am sorry that I could not be more encouraging.

posted by Neil Rubin  |  Sep 2, 2010 12:02 PM [EST]

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