(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County Democrats are going door-to-door in Lander on Saturday to help drum up support for an effort to repeal Enrolled Act 37.
The Act changes the definition of “wages” in state statutes to exclude the value of any accrued vacation time. It went into effect on July 1.
The term wages “does not include the value of vacation leave accrued at the date of termination if the written policies of the employer provide that accrued vacation is forfeited upon termination of employment and the written policies are acknowledged in writing by the employee,” states the House Enrolled Act.
The local Democratic Party will be walking around with a petition for the repeal of what they call the “Vacation Theft Act,” local Chairman Bruce Palmer said.
“What this means is that if you leave your job for whatever reason–termination, lay-off, retirement– your employer does not need to pay-out your vacation,” he said. “This is a big deal particularly for an employee who is laid off. Those dollars might be the difference between feeding a family and not while the employee looks for a new job.”
“In our view an employee earns their vacation and it is not the employers to take away,” he continued, later adding, “Not a single Democrat in the Legislature voted for this law and all labor groups oppose it.”
Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, Rep. Rita Campbell, R-Shoshoni, and Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, were the local legislators who voted against the bill. All others voted in favor of the bill.