I just switched from part-time to full time. From day one of being a full time employee (hourly not salary) I get 158 hours of PTO. Well I just got offered a better job. What happens if I take 3 weeks of PTO and put in my two weeks notice while on vacation? What happens if I take 3 weeks PTO and never go back to the job?

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    There are policies that sometimes prohibit you from doing such a thing, but it is mostly company specific. Regardless, it would certainly burn bridges and destroy any and all references you did have if you take 3 weeks PTO and never return without even giving a notice.
    – Prodnegel
    Jan 26, 2017 at 23:19
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    I'd take a long hard look at your work agreement/contract to make sure that you 158 hours of PTO aren't curtailed by leaving earlier than the calculation period (usually a year). One things for sure - if you do leave during your vacation, you won't get a good reference from this employer in the future.
    – HorusKol
    Jan 26, 2017 at 23:22
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    Also - having 158 hours of PTO on day one, and being able to get 3 weeks leave approved on short notice are two very different propositions. If this wasn't already a planned and agreed upon vacation, I wouldn't give 3 weeks to a new member of staff so soon after starting.
    – HorusKol
    Jan 26, 2017 at 23:23
  • I've worked there over a year and half. I was part-time. Now I am full time and I get the 158 hours on day one of full-time. I am not salary. So what happens if I put in my two weeks Friday. Work one week then go on PTO? Will they allow that? I requested it a month ago.
    – Jessica83
    Jan 27, 2017 at 0:33
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    Possible duplicate of Two Weeks Notice During Holiday Vacation Jan 27, 2017 at 1:33

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In almost all cases, "credited" time off has to be paid back if you leave before working enough hours to earn it. Check your contract and related paperwork.

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