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Those of you who left a Big 4 (willingly, not lay offs), were you paid out for accrued vacation days?

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Yeah, it's the law.

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Yes.

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Left KPMG and got paid all of my PTO.

Doesn't matter either way, you get paid out all your PTO. It's already earned/accrued.

Yep

Or you have to pay if you're in the negative .

As other said, it's the law. I did get screwed by IBM when I left them on Jan 2nd or 3rd in 2005. They had a nasty policy of resetting accruals of vacation on Dec 31st. Don't know if it's still in place. Don't remember the exact details, just that I would have gotten several thousand more if my last day was in December instead.

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