Can an employer refuse to pay for unused paid time off when an employee leaves the company
My employer constantly reminds us that we are all at-will employees, but wants us to all sign an employee policy book which it constantly changes and add news terms and clauses to. In a recent update the employer wants to force all employees to agree to give it 4 weeks notice or they won't be paid for PTO accrued already. We've all accrued our unused under a previous policy which had no penalty or conditions. The employer still insists we don't have a contract and as such we the employees are entitled to no notice from the employer. So what do we call this 4 week requirement with this penalty?
Generally, PTO and the terms on which it is granted is discretionary. There is no law in VA (or federal law) requiring employers to offer vacation time at all, so employers may set their own policies, which could include losing vacation time or having it taken away under certain circumstances. However, once it is earned is must be given. This means that company policy can not take it away retroactively bu tit can do so going forward. Any new policy instituted will effect future PTO.
Note: If there is a union/government contract contrary to this, it will control. Or if you think that there has been some form of discrimination, then you may have a case.