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I have worked for the same person for 7 years never a written contract, never any written complaints. He decided to take away time off is that legal
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Sorry Kentucky
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: Not sure what that means I work fulltime
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Sorry, not sure what else is relevant
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 month ago.


Thank you for the information and your question. If by taking "away time off," you mean you now are no longer offered paid vacation or sick leave, then the answer depends on a few factors. If that is not your question, please respond to this answer and tell me specifically what you mean by "time off" and provide enough facts to put your question in context. But, assuming that is what you want to know, my answer is below.

Currently, there is no Federal or Kentucky law that requires an employer provided any paid vacation or sick leave. That may change in the future, but that is the law as it stands. Therefore, if an employer does offer it, then it is voluntary on their part and they get to set the rules for accrual, use, etc. They can withdraw the benefit, however, there are some constraints in being able to lawfully do so.

First, the leave that has already accrued cannot be lost unless the employer gives the employee a reasonable amount of time to use it before they lose it. In other words, the change in policy needs to be prospective and not retrospective. Also, if there is a contract that says the employee is entitled to it, the employer must comply with that. Finally, the employer cannot just target one person for removal of the benefit if they are doing so simply because of the employee's gender, race, national origin, age (over 40), disability, religion, pregnancy or military service.

Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed, or clarify your facts if you believe I misunderstood the brief facts you supplied. If you have no further questions, then if you could let me know I answered your question and also leave a positive rating in the ratings box above, I will receive credit for assisting you today. Thank you.

Expert:  Marsha411JD replied 1 month ago.

Hello again,

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