While I'm sure that HR has done their legal homework, I have to ask...is it legal to NOT pay out for accrued PTO when laid off for financial reasons in Texas? I don't recall signing anything to agree to this changed policy.
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Yes you do accrue PTO throughout the year. You can take all of your PTO at the beginning of the year. But you accrue it all year long. As an example if you took three weeks at the beginning of the year and then left the company voluntarily right after, you would owe Sabre dollars as you would not have accrued three weeks.
Sabre doesn’t make you accrue PTO. They front load it all at the beginning of the year, and you take it or lose it.
"Payouts of accrued leave are required under the Texas Payday Law only if such a payment is promised by the employer in a written policy or agreement."
people who got laid off during covid got their PTO. if sabre has since changed the policy (which they apparently can do without having to inform you beforehand, much less get you to agree to), then you're SOL