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Can you please clarify what you mean by "shift differential" as you use that phrase?
Does the employee belong to a union?
Do the employees have written employment agreements/contracts with the employer concerning rates of pay, hours, and payout of sick/vacation time?
by shift differential, I mean a stipend for working overnight or on weekends, like nurses get. Also as far as an employee agreement, I don't remember signing anything like that.
Okay, one moment, please.
Do you belong to a union?
no, I don't belong to a union
Okay, then, under such circumstances, the employer has no/zero legal obligation to pay a shift differential. The employer only has to make sure that the employees are paid at least the minimum wage.
Also, the employer has no/zero legal obligation to pay out sick/vacation time upon one's termination from employment.
Things could/would be different if the employer had a written contract with the employees agreeing to pay a shift differential.
Things could/would be different if the employer had a written contract with the employees agreeing to pay out unused sick/vacation time at the time of separation.
However, when such a written agreement does not exist, the law does not compel it to happen.
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