Does your employer owe you paid time off?

On Behalf of | Jun 30, 2021 | Employment law

Maybe you want to take a trip? Perhaps you came down with the flu or another illness? Whatever the reason for you needing or wanting time off work, you may wonder if you will get paid.

Understanding your employer’s requirements for paid time off under the law may help you protect your rights and ensure you receive the benefits due to you.


According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, state labor laws do not require your employer to provide you with paid vacation time. However, employers may offer paid time off as a benefit. For example, some employers may give workers up to one week of paid vacation leave each year.

Sick leave

Like vacation time, your employer also has no requirement to pay you for sick leave. Exceptions to this include leaves of absence governed by the Family Medical Leave Act or Americans with Disabilities Act. If, however, your employer offers paid sick time as a benefit of your employment, you must receive appropriate payment when you choose to use this leave.


Under state law, your employer may require you or ask you to work on public holidays such as Thanksgiving or New Year’s. Unless your employer has a policy or contractual obligation to pay you an enhanced rate, you may receive your straight pay for hours worked on state or federal holidays.

Your employer must follow through with any employment contract, as well as state and federal law benefit, obligations. If they fail to do so, the state provides paths for you to recover the benefits due to you and, in some cases, other compensatory damages.