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This is an unfortunate situation,
if you have the notes and their was a policy that can be shown from the other employees as witnesses,
you can sue the employer if he fails to pay the PTO amount due,
PTO is a contractual agreement, and not regulated by the State, so you and the other employees should consider hiring an attorney to put pressure on the employer for your PTO rights,
It was my understanding, after looking up Illinois Law that he is required to pay it to us. If his accountant has received copies of reports and I spoke with them about my accumulation and what would happen and they advised they believed he needed to pay it out as well, my concern is Dr will say he had no knowledge of the large accumulation. Also, years ago I gave him a copy of the PTO report and asked if he would be willing to "cash out" some of my time so it was not such a large pool and his written response was " I don't know what you are asking me".
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