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Anyone else feel it’s unethical to push employees to take PTO? Understand if it’s directly to avoid layoffs but not otherwise.

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Is it to really avoid layoffs? When you take PTO you still cost just as much as when you’re staffed. Only difference is you aren’t billing work. If anything it’s a method to reduce outstanding liabilities (payout if you are laid off or quit)

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I think it's mostly based on the expectation that more work will be available as businesses continue to open up and (hopefully) stabilize. Therefore they'd prefer that people take PTO now while less work is available instead of ending up short staffed due to too many people taking PTO at the same time down the road. The reduced PTO liability for potential terminations is just an added bonus.

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Yes, and potentially illegal too.

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I know for a fact of one company doing just that, and also "lending" PTO and then giving employees 3 years to "lend" it back. I would be interested from other users on here if other companies are doing something similar.

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Happens sometimes when “stop work” orders happen.

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