Workplace Laws and Requirements FAQs

Employers must abide by workplace laws and requirements defined on both a federal and state level. All workplace laws are enforced by the Kansas Department of Labor Employment Standards Division. Please select from a Workplace Laws and Requirements category below to get more help. 

Fringe Benefits

Does my employer have to offer vacation or sick leave?

The law does not require your employer to offer vacation or sick leave. However, many employers provide this as a benefit for their employees.

Does my employer have to pay severance pay?

No, unless it is a stated company policy. 

If I quit or am fired, am I entitled to payment for my unused accrued vacation time?

Only if your employer has a policy or practice of paying for unused vacation time. 

Does my employer have to pay holiday pay?

The law does not require your employer to offer holiday pay, but many employers provide this as a benefit for their employees. 

Can an employer adopt a vacation policy which provides that unused days at the end of the year are lost (rather than being carried over or paid)?

Yes

Can an employer adopt a vacation policy which provides that new employees do not earn any vacation time until reaching the first anniversary date?

Yes.

Can an employer adopt a vacation policy which provides that vacation days are earned only upon reaching the employee's anniversary date and no payment will be made if employment ceases before the anniversary date?

Yes.