Paid Vacation Days Policy

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Paid vacation days are days for which an employee is paid when he or she takes time off from work. Most organizations voluntarily provide paid time off to employees as a benefit.

The number of paid vacation days is generally accrued by employees based on years of service to the organization and the level of their position.

For most jobs, paid vacation days are standard across jobs and employee longevity.

Employees start with one-two weeks off, and as the years pass, they become eligible for more weeks of paid time off.

You Can Negotiate Paid Vacation Days

Individual employees can also negotiate for paid vacation days. Extra days are more frequently granted to senior managers and executive level employees. But, if you're a potential employee who is leaving your current organization with five weeks of vacation accrued, it pays to negotiate.

For example, in your current organization, you have accrued five weeks of vacation annually because of your longevity and level. An employer who is interested in your experience and skills is usually willing to stray from their standard practice of starting new employees with two or even one week of paid vacation days.

Employers recognize that managers and senior people won't take that kind of a step backwards in their compensation plans. You may not  get as much as you negotiate for because of employer past practices, but it's worth a try.

You can then make decisions about a job offer with the hole compensation package in mind.

Paid vacation days are also negotiated as a part of a standard union contract in a workplace that is represented by a union.

What Paid Vacation Days Do Employers Offer?

While there are no Federal laws in the United States that require an employer to offer paid vacation days as a benefit, employers of choice offer employees paid vacation days.

In fact, paid vacation days as a benefit are so common that potential employees expect paid vacation days as part of a comprehensive benefits package. Most organizations use a formula that assigns a certain number of hours accrued during each pay period based on time with the company.

Paid vacation days in the United States range from five to 30. In Europe and other parts of the world, paid vacation days are more liberal. (An example of a formula is available in this paid time off policy.)

Accoring to the Society for Human Resource Management, in a 2004 benefits study highlighted by Salary.com, employees with:

  • One year of service receive an average of 9 paid vacation days,
  • Two years of service receive an average of 10 paid vacation days,
  • Three - four years of service receive an average of 12 paid vacation days,
  • Five years of service receive an average of 14 paid vacation days,
  • Six - seven years of service receive an average of 15 paid vacation days,
  • Eight - nine years of service receive an average of 16 paid vacation days,
  • Ten years of service receive an average of 17 paid vacation days,
  • 11-13 years of service receive an average of 18 paid vacation days,
  • 14-15 years of service receive an average of 19 paid vacation days, and
  • More than 15 years of service receive an average of 21 paid vacation days.

Executive positions can and do negotiate more time.

Also Known As: Paid time off, vacation time, paid vacation, holidays

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