I'm based in NC, but my employer is based in IL. My contract states that I'm required to give 2 weeks notice. I quit last Wednesday and told them that I could take my saved PTO immediately, but they never responded to that. Now they are telling me that they won't pay me for the 2 weeks but will only pay out my saved PTO (9 days). They have not terminated me after I quit, but simply asked me to fill out an exit sheet and return my laptop to them which I have not done because I wanted to get clarity on the outstanding payment question. Thanks in advance!
An obligation to give them two weeks notice does not mean they have to pay you for the two weeks. Very common for an employer to terminate an employee as soon as notice is given in an at-will employment situation. Paying out saved PTO is not required either, unless your company has a corporate policy of doing so that is outlined in an employee manual---sounds like they do, lucky for you.
If you don't turn on the equipment, they may seek damages from you in a law suit.
You mentioned a 'contract', an attorney would need to read that document and determine what it does and does not make enforceable----many times what some think is a contract is nothing more than an offer of employment and not a true contract that binds.. Take it to a local employment law attorney, along with any employee manual you have.
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DO NOT keep the laptop....that has been a bad idea for many who have done the same thing.
An attorney would have to read the contract, but while the contract requires you to give 2 weeks notice...it doesn't require them to keep you for the 2 weeks unless it says so. It is common for employers to let the person go early. They do have the right to pay you the pto you earned and not have you work the rest of the days unless your contract specifically says otherwise.
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