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February 12, 2010
Carryover to a New PTO Bank: What’s the Biggest Issue?

In a 2010 BLR webinar, “Solving PTO Problems: How to Reduce Unscheduled Absences Without Alienating Employees or Violating the Law,” attorney Catherine Moreton Gray discussed issues employers face when transitioning to a new paid time off bank.

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The biggest issue in switching from traditional PTO policies to a PTO plan? Dealing with employees who have built up lots of leave under the old system.

Some employers pay out the accrued leave over time, while others pay it out at retirement.

“You want to control the carryover of large leave amounts,” said Gray. “But don’t take away anything that’s been vested with a worker.”

And, she said, make sure everyone understands the rules.

Catherine Moreton Gray is an associate attorney in the Labor and Employment section of Robinson & Cole LLP in Hartford, Conn. She has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and employment law. Contact her at

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