Q & A – I’ve just terminated an employee in California who still has 30 hours of earned sick leave time he didn’t take, and this is not addressed by my company policy. Must I pay this out in his final paycheck?

Q: I’ve just terminated an employee in California who still has 30 hours of earned sick leave time he didn’t take, and this is not addressed by my company policy. Must I pay this out in his final paycheck?

A: No, under the California paid sick leave law, an employer is not required to pay accrued but unused sick leave pay at the time of termination, absent an agreement by the employer to do so.