Summerville, SC asked in Employment Law for South Carolina

Q: job wants signature to addedum in handbook to withhold earned vacation time if terminated.

Time accrued occurred prior to the singing of this handbook update. I can see vacation time earned after this new rule being withheld , but the vacation time prior was when this was not the policy and they are going back and retroactively including that time as well, and also under the previous handbook policies that do not saw this.lastly I am a triage nurse. Only RN there. I work every other weekend 13.5 hours. Many times, I am luckyvto get a potty break and sometimes still do not get out on time. My employer is telling me I must take a break but I am taking calls from patients calling in seeking triage and care instructions. There is no one but me to do the job. When it is going full force, to drop and break, and leave patients/incoming calls hanging is not realistic. I am being threatened with disciplinary action up to termination if I do not take a break. Stopping to break also makes me have to stay over the shift alone in a building to “finish up” .

Please help

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1 Lawyer Answer
Jeremy R. Summerlin
Jeremy R. Summerlin
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: The answer would depend on the specific language of the addendum and policy. You should take both to an employment attorney for a consult.

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