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Business owners and their employees love vacations; yet planning to fit them into the business cycle and meeting employee’s expectations can be challenging.
It is important to communicate how vacations are to be earned, how to request and when they are approved (or not...)to all of your employees so that you can continue to effectively manage your business.
The Employment Standards Code outlines the minimum vacation requirements for any employees.
All employees, full time, part time, seasonal or temporary.
Vacation does not apply to an employee who is a member of the employer’s family.
(a) two weeks, after each of the first five years of employment with the same employer; and (b) three weeks, after the sixth and subsequent years of employment with the same employer. You may choose to improve on this in your policy, but you may not do less than is required by the Employment Standards Code.
No, not necessarily. You and your employee must find a mutually agreeable time and if you cannot, a business may assign vacation time to an employee with advance written notice.
They may request it, and you may choose to approve it. A business cannot require an employee to take vacation in less than the full earned period without their agreement.
CFIB recommends that in any business with more than 2 or 3 employees, a vacation policy is established, communicated and includes a formal request form. When your employees know the process and you all follow it, vacations can continue to be the positive. Members of CFIB can find a sample vacation request form and absence tracking form available on this page.
For further information you can review the Employment Standards FAQ Annual Vacation and Vacation Pay.
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