Melbourne, FL asked in Employment Law for Florida

Q: Can an employer require using PTO days for holidays when office is closed?

Employer moving to a PTO system and no longer have paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. However, required to use those days for federal holidays when offices are closed. No option for working those days. Will be written up if PTO hours are not available to use.

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A: There are no federal laws that require employers to offer any paid time off benefits. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are only required to pay their employees for the time they actually work. As a result, employers have a lot of discretion regarding paid time off policies if they choose to offer this benefit, and there is nothing inherently unlawful about your employer's policy change.

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