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Is it legal for an employer to change the employee manual in the middle of the year

Schaumburg, IL |

The employer gets upset during payroll time and now he is saying hes changing all of our vacation days and sick days to less ,when we have already received the manual directly from the lawyer. Is this legal?

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  1. He can't take away benefits you already earned or have a contact for. So, depending upon how vacation is calculated, you may have already earned it. However going forward, benefits can be reduced. You can work for another employer.


  2. If the employer tries to use a change in policy to retroactively take away vacation time that has already been earned and accrued, then you may have a claim against the employer under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. However, if the employer has only changed the policy with respect to vacation time going forward, then it is unlikely that you would have a claim.

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