From the Hotline: PTO Use During FMLA Leave

Question: Just to confirm, can an employee use their accrued paid time off (PTO) during a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave?

Answer: Yes, if your company policy allows for the use of paid time off (PTO) during leaves of absence. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave is unpaid leave. It provides job and benefits protection for up to 12 weeks. Allowing the employee to use PTO/sick/vacation days permits the employee to continue to receive wages while on leave, which is a valued benefit to the employee. An employer cannot mandate that the employee utilizes such accrued leave, unless it is properly defined in a pre-existing policy.