Take your vacation, you earned it.

Did you know that when you leave your job, Illinois state law mandates that you receive all of your accrued but unused vacation pay? Although no law requires that employers provide vacation pay to their employees, if an employer choses to provide vacation pay, it must pay a departing employee all accrued and unused vacation in order to comply with the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

If an employer fails to pay a departing employee their vacation time, they may face stiff penalties, including attorney fees and court costs. This law does not apply to any other time off, such as sick time, personal time off (PTO), or other forms of leave that an employer may provide.

If you have not been paid your vacation time, consult an employment attorney who can guide you on your options for recovering these funds due to you.