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Yes, unfortunately this is legal in CA. It is legal because employers are not required to provide any PTO at all and so have complete discretion to set the rules regarding accrual and use. The only thing an employer cannot do is take away earned PTO without allowing the employee to either use that time or paying them for its cash value. Thus, while the policy change you describe is certainly having an unfair effect on you, it does not violate any law, and your only recourse is to attempt to persuade your employer that it should be changed.
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