Vacation hours paid upon termination of employment

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Vacation hours paid upon termination of employment

I’m seeking a new job. I recently found out through casual conversation that vacation hours at my current job are on an accrual basis. I had no idea. My full vacation hours 80 – 2 weeks per year have been printed on my pay stubs since the day I started over 1 year ago. The vacation hours changed as I took them but to start the full 80 hours was posted on the pay stub. Once I learned of this, I checked the employee handbook and it is stated vacation is on an accrual basis but it didn’t spell out

Asked on March 8, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

When hours are earned on an accrual basis, then they are acquired over time over the course of the year. Generally, you divide the number of hours you could earn annually by 52 weeks, and that is how many hours you earn per week. You would be accruing a bit under 2 hours per week. Therefore, the only hours you'd have at a given point in time would be the weekly accrual x the number of weeks you have worked that year up to that point. That would be the amount, if you get vacation on an accrual basis, the employer might have to pay, not the full amount you'd accrue by year's end.

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