York, PA asked in Employment Law and Military Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Leaving for Bootcamp soon, does my employer have to pay me?

My employer says I can use my vacation days. But in the employee hand book it says "Employees who are absent from work in order to attend an annual encampment in a recognized reserve branch of the armed forces of the United states will receive a paid leave of absence of up to a maximum of two weeks per year. Leaves for military service and reinstatement after performing military service will be provided in accordance with the requirements of law." To me it says I Will get paid, it says nothing about using my vacation days when I leave. Thanks very much for your help!

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A: Your "vacation days" would be unpaid? The first sentence you quoted doesn't apply, because you normally are not in the reserves until you have undergone basic training. I don't believe the second sentence helps either, because as far as I know, there are no "requirements of law" providing that an employer must give you leave when you enlist.

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