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The Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code regulates that employees are required to take time off for annual vacation and to be paid vacation time. Although employees begin earning vacation on their first day of employment, an employee becomes entitled to receive an annual vacation after being employed for 12 months.
What are the employer’s responsibilities revolving around the annual vacation entitlement?
An employer is responsible to give an employee an annual vacation of:
If the employer and employee agree, the vacation time can be broken up into two or more periods.
Employees who work full time must take vacation time. Those who work less than 90 per cent of regular working hours during the 12 months when they earned vacation can give up vacation time and just collect their vacation pay.
How is vacation pay calculated?
An eligible employee is entitled to:
Vacation pay must be paid:
The employer must make it clear to each employee how they are being paid their vacation pay. The employer can do this by:
For more information please see the Labour Standards Vacation Time and Vacation Pay section of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Website.