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You are correct that in California your employer is required to pay you for all vacation time that you have earned. It is unlawful for an employer to try and not pay you for any vacation time that you have earned. Labor Code Section 227.3
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As for the 30 day penalty, this is what is known as the waiting time penalty. Your employer would owe you a full days pay for each day that this vacation was unpaid. So you would not get a blanket 30 day penalty, but starting next Friday, you would start accruing a waiting time penalty for every day they did not pay you up to a total of 30 days.
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Finally you are absolutely correct that the best way to deal with this situation is to either make an unpaid wage claim with the DLSE or get an employment attorney involved.
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My real question is this. My employer is trying to utilize the fact that they changed the vacation policy, and as a result of that, going from accruing in arrears, to earning as you go in the year, that they are not required to pay that vacation time.
My contention is that since I earned the vacation in 2006, for 2007 vacation year, and then the vacation policy changed in 2007, that I still have vacation which was earned in 2006 which I have not been
compensated for.... So botXXXXX XXXXXne me. do you think I have a claim for that or no.
Old vacation policy. you earn your vacation in the current year, to be taken in the following year.
New policy. you earn your vacation in the current year to be taken in the current year.
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