Hi, I have two questions about vacation time and compensatory time.
To begin, I am a salaried employee at a non-profit organization, about to complete my 3rd full year of employment at the end of this year. I work very long hours and receive compensatory time instead of overtime on my check. In the almost 3 years of work I have had a number of vacation hours carry over because I haven't had time to leave due to my work obligations.
1) My employer has told me that my compensatory time does not carry over. I receive compensatory hours instead of overtime on my check. At the end of the last fiscal year I was told that my 250 compensatory hours would be lost if not used, which they were. Now I have 400 compensatory hours of comp time that I am told will be lost at the end of the month. Is it legal for them to simply erase my comp hours at the end of the fiscal year and not compensate me for the time beyond 8 hour days that I worked?
2) Because I work so much, I also haven’t had the time to take vacations either. With exception of the first fiscal year, where I was hired midway through, I have accrued the maximum amount of time each year and used only a few hours. This has left me with a number of unused hours. I was told by my supervisor that I may carry over 3 weeks into the next fiscal year, however there is still roughly 45 hours that will not carry over. Does my employer have to pay me for those hours that they are not allowing me to carry over?