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Do you have an employment contract? Are you part of a union? Has the company provided and adopted any policies and procedures that deal with time off or change in hours? If so, what do they provide?
Also is he refusing to give you the time off and telling you to cash it out? Am I understanding that correctly?
Florida has no laws requiring employers to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. Florida’s Legislature and its courts are silent regarding any obligation an employer may have regarding vacation leave. Due to the silence of Florida authorities on the matter of vacation leave, it is likely employers are free to establish the vacation leave policy of their choosing. An employer would be required to comply with the terms of a valid employment contract containing vacation leave provisions. This does not mean you do not have rights in this matter.
If an employer “promises” vacation, they may be legally bound to provide it—and that a binding promise does not require embodiment in a formal employment contract. Florida courts have ruled that, under some circumstances, an employer's assurance of paid vacation time, whether made in an employee handbook, given orally, or simply understood as policy through consistent practice, may constitute an implied contract that is binding and enforceable.
As for the changes in hours, an employer has no obligation to facilitate a change for you. Florida is an at-will employment state and thus an employer may terminate an employee for an reason good or bad. This goes the same for allowing changes in an employees status whether it be full time, part time or otherwise. So you have no basis legally for enforcing any type of change in hours on your employer. The vacation time though is an issue that you should be able to take the time as promised and provided according to the Florida courts.
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Your response is fine, you do not have to cash your PTO if you want the time off but unless the employer allows it in a contract or policies and procedures, the employer does not have to allow the PTO to be cashed out and could require that the vacation time by taken. Just FYI.
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