My out of state employer (RI) is denying me my accrued paid time off (13 days) during my FMLA leave (I'm 9 months pregnant). I requested 9 weeks, and now HR is saying I cannot use any of my PTO until I return to work. It already took 2 weeks to get a response after submitting my request, and now the Notice of Eligibility and Rights & Responsibilities form (WH-381) they finally sent me isn't even filled out with my name or dates I am requesting, nor does it specify what the "applicable conditions related to the substitution of paid leave" are.
It just says to contact HR, which I have, numerous times, to no avail.
Can my employer deny me my accrued paid time off?
I am not trying to extend my leave, I'm just trying to get at least some income for part of my leave.
Thank you for your time!
I asked if I could take my PTO before starting my leave, they said no. I then asked if I could ask for only 6 weeks of FMLA and then take my 3 weeks of PTO, and they said no, but that I can use my PTO after I return to work. I am completely lost as to what I can and cannot do. The employee handbook does not have anything stating what the restrictions of PTO are, nor does it mention anything about using PTO during unpaid leave.