Question :
Are Iowa employers required to pay employees for sick time, vacations or holidays?
Answer :
No. These are fringe benefits and payment depends on the employer's policy, past practice, or the agreement between the employer and employee. A written policy or agreement is not required.

The employer's past practices are a reflection of the company policy. Have other employees in similar circumstances been paid for holiday pay, vacation, or sick pay? If there is a written policy (handbook, contract), carefully look through it. All information on this topic may not be included in one place, such as a header like "sick pay" or “vacation pay.” If there is a section covering separation from employment (termination, discharge, quit), look there also. This type of section may also contain information about your right to these types of pay when you leave employment.

  Was this answer useful to you?
Yes No

< Back


Iowa Workforce Development
1000 East Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0209
Telephone: (515) 281-5387
For Deaf and Hard Of Hearing, Use Relay 711
Copyright -All Rights Reserved

An Equal Opportunity
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.