Is it legal for my employer to deny me paid time off?

Are all employers required to provide paid vacation to their employees? I was told that there are 56 hours of paid vacation per year. When I applied, I was told, “We will not give you paid leave, so please use your sick time.” I have been working there for over 3 years. Is this legal?

Employers are not required to provide paid time off, but most companies do.

For companies that offer it, how it is earned, used, and paid for depends on company policy and state law requirements.

In the absence of a written policy, various state laws govern how leave is handled. In New York, it is legal for employers to enforce “use it or lose it” policies.

Additionally, depending on the policy, an employer may be required to pay accrued but unused vacation time if an employee’s employment is terminated, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

If what you were told wasn’t in writing and you aren’t in the habit of giving paid time off to other employees, you may be in breach of an oral contract, but that will be difficult to prove. And the question to ask is: would you want to work for such an employer?

If you don’t have a written leave policy, you can refer to state law for what your workplace owes you. Getty Images

I own a restaurant, and according to a new law passed this week, I can’t hire people based on height or weight. That’s insane. Imagine walking into a high-end store and seeing that the hostess or waiter is short and fat. This may work in a diner, but not in a high-end establishment with a wealthy clientele that spends a lot of money. So are we all going to be sued now for trying to maintain a certain image?

Wow, your note gave me severe indigestion.

What you are referring to is new law This law prohibits employers and facilities from discriminating against employees and applicants based on physical characteristics such as height and weight. So you’re right. In order to appeal to regular customers who pay surgeons and fashion consultants to look the same, they stock people who look like fashion covers photoshopped and hire people with similar looks. It is illegal to refuse. The rest of you. By the way, do you want to know why the food is better in diners? This is because we do not offer it in a pretentious manner.

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New York has enacted a new law that prohibits restaurants from discriminating against job applicants based on appearance. Getty Images/Image Source

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a Chief Human Resources Officer. Listen to Greg 9:35am iHeartRadio 710 WOR (Len Berman and Michael Riedel). Email: to follow: and Twitter: @GregGiangrande



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