(Closed) HR Bees – Question about vacation time

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I can only speak to this in “general” terms, and based on my experience in Canada (and also in regard to some companies that operate here from the USA)

In Canada, it is the Law that ALL Employees get paid Vacation Time, the minimum rate is 2 Weeks per Annum (accrued at the rate of 4% per hours worked)

In your situation, with just one week vacation, you’d be accruing at the rate of 2%

Here, you’d have a choice of taking the time off, or the equivalent amount in pay.  Most Employees and Employers want the time off.

If you leave the job BEFORE having taken any time off, then you’d be paid out the 4%.  If you leave the job AFTER taking time off, then any remaining balance would be paid out when you leave.

As many Employees wish to accrue / save up their Paid Vacation Days, and take them all at once… the Employers typically have a RULE that the time off from one year is not able to be carried over into the next, and if it can be carried over, there is usually a cut-off point, where you use the time carried over or you lose it.  (Many Employers in Canada set the cut off for May 1st)

As other Bees have said, you need to FIRST know the Labour Laws in your State, and what are the Legal Obligations of the Employer in regards to Paid Vacation.

Then you need to figure out what you’ve taken and what you figure you are owed.

And if you have had any vacation lapse because it wasn’t able to be carried forward.

Then you need to talk to HR, if you have a Balance Owing.

Hope this helps,


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