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Unfortunately, they can do this. There are no federal laws -and very few states have laws in place -that govern vacation time and changes in policy. Absent an employment contract or union agreement, there is nothing that says your employer can't change their terms from one way to another.About as close as Nebraska comes (and it doesn't help your situation) is to provide under law that vacation time is defined as a fringe benefit, and that any such fringe benefits earned as part of an employment agreement must be paid out upon separation from employment because it's treated as a wage under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act.