Managing Vacation Leaves

Summer is just around the corner and that means vacation requests are now in full effect. As an employer you must know your obligations when it comes to vacation time off for your employee’s.

Here’s a list of items to keep in mind:

1. Employers are required to ensure that employees: Take time off for their annual vacation; and receive their vacation pay.

2. An employer must pay an employee at least 4% of his or her total wages during the year he or she is entitled to vacation pay; and 6% after 5 consecutive years of employment.

3. Vacation pay must be paid to an employee at least 7 days before the beginning of his or her annual vacation, or on the employee’s scheduled pay days, if agreed in writing by the employer and the employee.

4. An employer must schedule an employee’s annual vacation in periods of one or more weeks unless the employee requests a shorter period.

5. The employer’s payroll records must indicate the dates of the annual vacation taken by the employee, the amounts paid by the employer and the days and amounts owing.

6. An employer has the right to schedule vacations according to business requirements.

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