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Is it legal for any company to forfeit earned vacation leave days upon resignation or termination?

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In the state of Florida, the company handbook specifies all earned vacation or sick leave days will be forfeited autmatically upon resignation or termination. Is it right or legal since vacation leaves are earned after completing certain number of years of service, It is not earned in advance.

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Vacations in general are earned benefits unless previously stated. In this fact pattern, you employer has specifically set forth guidelines as to their use. Therefore, since no federal law exists mandating payment of vacation time, I see no claim that you can raise.

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