PTO- do I get sick leave in addition to?
My work rolls vacation time and sick pay into one category called PTO. Under the new laws do they need to pay me the 24 hours in addition to that? I have cancer and have used all my PTO because of appointments/illness, I’m hoping I can claim this in addition to my PTO?
Sick leave laws vary by state, and often by city. For example, California employees get 24 hours of sick leave, while those in LA get 48 a year. Therefore, to answer your question, I’d need to know what state and city you’re in, and how large your employer is. We’ve provided an article for employers on sick leave laws. In general, we don’t recommend combining PTO with sick leave for the very reason you’ve mentioned — it’s confusing. In addition, if your employer has 50 or more full-time employees, and you’ve met the work-hours requirement you’re eligible for FMLA regardless. Your best option is to schedule a meeting with the person in charge of HR at your company to explore what their policy allows as well as what the state provides. Meanwhile, here are some articles to help.