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The ISBA Explains Employee Obligations – Sick and Vacation Days

Question: Is an employer who fired an employee obligated to pay for remaining sick days and vacation days?

Answer: An employer is under no obligation to pay a fired employee for remaining sick days, but Illinois law requires that the former employee be paid for accumulated vacation days earned up to the day of termination unless there is a contract or collective bargaining agreement. Also, the employer must pay wages to the employee up to the time of firing.

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