Colorado Supreme Court Rules on ‘Use It or Lose It’ Vacation Policies

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The Colorado Supreme Court on June 14 struck down a grocery store chain’s “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation policy in a decision that has been hailed as a victory for Colorado workers. / Colorado Supreme Court.
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday concluded that employment agreements may not force employees to forfeit unused vacation pay when leaving a job, bringing much needed clarity regarding the legal status of “use-it-or-lose-it” vacation policies.The unanimous decision in Nieto v. Clark’s Market overturned an employer-friendly ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals that was seen as a green light for such policies following years of legal ambiguity and conflicting guidance from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.The high court concluded that while employees are not en

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