Unpaid Leave Vs Paid Leave For Employees

After switching a job, it may be hard to get accustomed to the new position and surroundings. For most people, the transition period is filled with stress. Most employees have so many unanswered questions about the way things work in the new workplace, and especially the paid and unpaid leaves. 

So how exactly does it work? Is everyone entitled to paid leave, or is it decided by the employer? 

Here is everything you need to know about unpaid and paid leave for employees and whether or not your rights are being violated.

What is Paid Leave?

According to the rules and regulations of employment, whenever an employee leaves work (with permission) or when they decide to use their accumulated leave days to rest, it is considered a paid leave. Most paid leaves  include:

  • Vacations
  • Sick leave
  • Parental  leave
  • Paid time off (PTO)

So what exactly confuses the employees and where does the confusion occur?

To start with, we need to define each and every one of the above-mentioned types of leaves.

Vacation is a paid leave granted by the employer to the employees, for the purpose of rest and attending personal matters. Employees earn their vacation days by working in the company for a longer period of time. Normally, most employees have between 15 to 20 paid vacation days a year. This depends on the employee’s experience and the years the employee spent working in the same company. Usually, people with 20+ years of experience will get 5 to 10 more paid vacation days. 

Parental Leave is another common type of paid leave that employees can earn by working every day. However, not all companies provide their employees with paid parental leave. If you believe that you are entitled to a few days of paid parental leave yet your employer disagrees and fires you for not staying at work, you should consult with some of the Los Angeles employment law attorneys. Give us a call, schedule a free consultation today and let us help you determine whether or not you got fired for the wrong reasons.

Sick leave is time off from work due to an illness or any other health-related conditions of the employee (or their family members). Most companies offer sick leave as a part of the employee’s benefits package. Due to sick leave abuse, many companies are having issues with allowing it. That is why so many employees have to call in sick to work and lie to their management, simply because they are afraid of getting fired.

Paid Time Off (PTO) is different from a vacation. It stands for a period when an employee receives pay while being away from work (and not working). Vacation is a type of PTO, but PTO is not necessarily a vacation. 

Some examples include:

  • Pregnancy leave
  • Disability leave
  • Jury duty
  • Holiday pay
  • Sick leave

If you are fired because you requested or took a paid leave, which you believe you earned through hard work, consult with our Best Los Angeles employment law lawyers today and find out if you are eligible to file a wrongful termination claim. If eligible, our attorneys will help you get the highest compensation possible in a timely manner.

Author Bio:

George S. Azadian – an experienced Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney practices in the area of employment law, exclusively representing employees. His work focuses on cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, harassment, and wage & hour disputes. He is highly regarded as one of the best Los Angeles employment law lawyers & wrongful termination lawyers.

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