Good morning. Apparently there was no one available to provide information here. Glad I stopped in this morning before going about my day, so Ican assist. And I thank you for your patience.
OK, here it seems to be thus far:
Sick time must be "earnable" up to 40 hours However, for small companies, it need not be paid sick time, just available. Vacation time remains at the employer's discretion in terms of whether to have that as a benefit or policy or not. So it is free to NOT give vacation time. But under your scenario, I think you are doing better. You state you were getting 1 week vacation plus 2 days, but had no sick time. Now you get your 1 week vacation still PLUS you get 5 days (40 hours, if any 8 hour work day would be 5 days, or a whole week) of sick time. That adds up to 2 whole weeks off, which is more than the 1 week + 2 days. You gained 3 days.
Unfortunately, as of yet, the law has not changed to require employers to provide vacation time, or maintain it in any certain way. They are still free to adjust their policies as they see fit, so long as they communicate same to employees. But again, on the positive note, you have gained this time, so it may be good for now.