Q: I am a teacher for over 14 years my sick days rolled over and they decided to pay for future sick days and my previous
sick days were not paid. I went to the principal and the board, nothing came out of it. Is there anything I can do about the previous sick days? I worked for a charter school.
A: Federal law does not require employers to offer any form of paid time off - you need only be paid for the hours you actually work. Thus, employers have a lot of discretion regarding changes to PTO policies. However, if you have an employment contract with the school, you should see if any language related to paid time off is in the contract and, if so, you should have the contract reviewed by a New Jersey employment attorney to evaluate whether there is anything you can do under the contract.
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