Was Unpaid Vacation Or Personal Time Against The Terms Of Your Employment In Massachusetts?
When your job ended in Massachusetts — whether you quit or were terminated — your employer was obligated to pay unused vacation time. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has affirmed this responsibility for those employers that provide paid vacations to their employees.
Once it has been accrued, unused vacation time is a form of wages. Massachusetts employment laws spell out employers’ obligation to compensate employees for services by timely payment of wages. Furthermore, the attorney general of Massachusetts affirmed that employers and employees cannot override the law by entering into agreements to forgo payment for unused vacation time.
Your employer may have issued guidelines regarding use of vacation time, such as time limits on vacation usage, vacation scheduling requirements and so on. As long as your unused vacation time was not outside the bounds of such stated policies for employees — or if there were no clearly articulated policies for using vacation time — it amounted to wages.
Our Law Firm Can Clarify Your Rights As An Employer Or Employee And Work To Protect Those Rights
A careful review of terms of your employment by a knowledgeable employment law attorney can determine whether you were entitled to payment for unused vacation time. The Employee Rights Group, LLC in Boston works with employers as well as employees in cases involving conflicts over unpaid vacation time and other wage and hour issues such as:
As we represent both employers and employees, our attorneys are familiar with both sides of an issue such as unpaid vacation time, personal time and sick time. We can advise employees and employers alike on Family Medical Leave Act questions such as allotment of vacation time to maternity leave. Bring the facts of your case to our attention. Learn how we can protect your rights, whether you are a human resources (HR) manager or an employee anticipating the end of your employment.
Request A Consultation With A Wage And Hour Attorney To Discuss Pay And Benefit Issues
Whatever injustices you perceive in the course of your Massachusetts employment or after termination, contact a lawyer to request a personalized review of the facts. The Employee Rights Group, LLC in downtown Boston welcomes inquiries. Call 774-847-7390 or submit the email intake form on this website. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case.