Can an employer force you to use your vacation pay for workman's comp?
In California, No, an employer cannot make an injured employee
use his/her vacation pay for workman's compensation Unless the
employee is using sick days/ or vacation time to heal an
However, if an employee was injured while on the job, he/she
should report it to the HR office go get medical treatment
preferably from his/her doctor and then if necessary file a
workman's comp claim and collect workmen comp benefits.
I'd suggest considering how injured one is, how much time is
required to heal, and whether or not the injury was 100% from an
unsafe working environment. If the time off from work is an
extensive period of time, it is better to file a workers comp
If one would only be off of work for a few days, to one week it
might be better to discuss / negotiate with the HR about time off
and vacation pay. Depending on the whether it was unsafe working
environment or just an accident ..(only my opinion