Need some input on a situation at work. My employer is laying off massive amounts of people due to some financial difficulties. Those getting the boot are allegedly not getting their accrued PTO. We are in an at will state and this is a non union job, so they can pretty much terminate you for whatever. The way our employee agreement is worded they don't have to pay us PTO when terminated. PTO will be paid upon proper two week resignation, per the handbook.
I've been offered a job that starts in about 45 days. Right now I'm in great standing with the company and have about a week of PTO saved up. My concern is given the recent layoffs it is quite possible when I give my two weeks they just kick me to the curb. From what I understand at that point they still have to pay me my PTO since I gave proper notice, but they don't have to continue paying my final two weeks if they let me go.
I'm conflicting on what to do here. On one hand I love most of the folks I work with, have an excellent track record with this company, am the highest rated person in my position within our dept, and don't want to be "that guy" giving them hardly any notice that I'm leaving. On the other hand I need to protect myself and my family financially. Although I could afford to have no pay for a couple weeks I'd rather not have to be in that situation. It has been suggested by many that due to the volatile nature of what is going on with the company that I burn through my PTO over the next few weeks then give a two day resignation notice. This goes against everything I believe, but feel like I have to suck it up and go that route so I don't get screwed.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions?