Can your employer make you use your vacation days if you need personal time off for a family medical matter?

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Can your employer make you use your vacation days if you need personal time off for a family medical matter?

My wife has a scheduled hip operation and I am the only resource to take care of her while she recuperates. When I asked my employer if they would force me to take my remaining vacation days during this week leave, they said yes. Is this true or can I ask them not to touch my vacation days?

Asked on May 28, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Employers are allowed to require employees to use vacation days to cover absences, such as to care for family members. Unless you had an employment contract to the contrary, therefore, you employer may make you use your remaining days during this week's leave.

 


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