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Vacation Days In Your Country?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2789 times:

How may vacation days, if any, are required by law in your country?

According to a quick Google search, the U.S. does not require employers to give their employees any vacation days at all, paid or unpaid.

See:

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/cs/labor_laws/a/vacation_pay.htm

Is this the case in your country? Often we hear that Europeans enjoy up to a month or so of vacation time almost as a national mandate. Is this true, and if so, is it true in your country?

Thanks in advance.

[Edited 2006-03-14 00:07:14]

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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

This year I have some (cough) 11 weeks (cough) holiday/vacation. But I am very privileged, even by Dutch standards. In addition, every year at the end of May all Dutch employees receive vakantiegeld - a 'holiday bonus' if you like, adding up to 8% of your annual salary.

Regards, Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Part of the reason that Americans are so productive is that we (can) take fewer vacations, I think. But whether this is really a good thing, I'm not sure.

Previous generations of white-collar, if not blue-collar, workers (such as those who worked in the 1960's and 1970's) seem to have had an easier time of it. I think that the peak of comfort for such workers was probably around that time in this country. Now, all of us in this country seem to have to "cut back" in workplace amenities and benefits in order to "compete in the global economy".


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2742 times:

Here in Ontario apparently it's a minimum of 2 weeks; I just asked my dad.It's different in each province.


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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8465 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

People employed on a full time basis get four weeks paid leave per year. Some employers will offer longer.

User currently offlineSalso From Slovenia, joined Dec 2004, 205 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

I really don't know about the law, but the standard or the average amount of vacation days here in Slovenia is around 4-5 weeks.

User currently offlineMrChips From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 937 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Here in Alberta, the requirement is two weeks paid vacation.

However, there is no requirement to use your vacation time - I have not taken any significant time off work since November of 2004. Do I recommend this? Absolutely not. You are given vacation time, USE IT!



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User currently onlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2708 times:

4 weeks is set by the law, 5 is quite common.

User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1639 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
People employed on a full time basis get four weeks paid leave per year. Some employers will offer longer

I get 5 weeks, however this includes the period between christmas & new year, as the govt department I work for has this included in their agreement. Also flex time can extend your paid leave period



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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

No idea about the legal requirement here in Eire.
I get 23 days + 9 public holidays and this seems more or less the norm here; give or take a couple of days.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3189 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):
People employed on a full time basis get four weeks paid leave per year. Some employers will offer longer.


Plus all those public holidays which aren't part of your holiday,
1 Jan
26 Jan Australia Day
Good Friday and Easter Monday
25 April ANZAC Day
Labour Day - different for each state
Queens Birthday
Show Day - different for each state
25 Dec Christmas Day
26 Dec Boxing Day

so 10 days and if those dates happen to fall on a weekend then you get the next Monday off as the holiday.

So in effect 20 + 10.



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User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

4 weeks by law, I get 5 plus holidays that happen to fall on a weekend (if 25th Dec is on a Sunday, i can get a day off for it on any other day)

I tend to spread my holidays: a week in first quarter, a week or 10 days in second, 2 weeks in September and a few days during Christmas...

Like in Holland, we also get "holiday money" which is an extra month pay so you can actually have some spending money while on vacation..

Regards,
LO231

Edit: typo

[Edited 2006-03-14 13:18:45]

[Edited 2006-03-14 13:20:36]


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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

1 January
Good Friday and Easter Monday
30 April - Queen Beatrix' official birthday
5 May - Liberation Day
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
5 December - Sinterklaas (many shops and offices close at around 4 p.m.)
Christmas Day and 'Second Christmas Day'

Most places - shops, restaurants, will be open on all of these holidays, excepting 1 January and Christmas Day.

Regards, Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineFlyLondon From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Here it's a minumum of 20 days paid leave plus 8 public holidays which most people get off or at least get paid more if they have to work it.

I get 7 weeks paid, 2 weeks unpaid (if I want) plus the 8 public holidays paid.


User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2375 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2641 times:

I'm lucky as I get 15 days vacation and 4 optional/personal days. This is standard in our company for lower grade employees with less than 5 years employment.

User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2637 times:

I really don't know. What a shame. But i guess it'll be around 4 weeks as well.

Regds
jush



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14131 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2622 times:

European minimum by law is 20 working days paid leave (makes 4 weeks based on a 5 day week), but most employers offer more (up to 6 weeks depending on agreements between unions and employers). Add to this public holidays, all over Germany e.g. Christmas day and boxing day, May day, October 3rd (reunification day), Good Friday. Depending on the religious affilation (Lutheran or Catholic) of the majority of the population of the particular German state there are other public holidays, e.g. "Rosenmontag" in the predominantly Catholic areas of the Rhineland, which is a regular working day e.g. in protestant Berlin.

Jan


User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2611 times:

22 working days + 3 if you don't have any unexplained absences + about 10 public holidays (but you're out of luck if they happen to fall on a Saturday/Sunday).

14 pay cheques per year (12 + summer subsidy + Christmas subsidy)

Nice for the employee, crap for the employer. It's very socialist here, which comes from the 1974 revolution which ousted the somewhat benign but nevertheless fascist dictatorship. Unfortunately we have lost several factories to Romania and other new EU members partly because the labour laws are to too favourable to the employee here. Actually although people like the 14 pay cheques, they're really paid less, just more often.



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

My case is typical in Finland: 33 days (Saturdays included) + around 10 public holidays.

In summer you get the "holiday money", an extra salary, in my case it is half of the 33 days salary. No real law of this, it is an old practise.

I know in some countries you get the "Christmas money" or "the 13th month salary" in the end of the year


User currently offlineFr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5601 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

OK, question:

For all you who have state mandated vacations; who pays you? The employer or the government?

For the record, after 16 years I have earned 5 weeks of vacation, 5 days to do with as I wish, but I work any holiday that falls on a normal day of work.



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Quoting Fr8mech (Reply 19):
OK, question:

For all you who have state mandated vacations; who pays you? The employer or the government?

For the record, after 16 years I have earned 5 weeks of vacation, 5 days to do with as I wish, but I work any holiday that falls on a normal day of work.

Employer pays in Finland.

There is also a way to have a longer holiday:
You can take a 3-12 month brake from your work, if it is ok to your employer and if some unemployed person gets your job meanwhile.
In this case government pays around one third of your salary.

Government pays also an other similar benefit I have used: after age of 30 and 10y work history you have a right to take a brake (max 2y) for studies and return to your old job after that, during that period government pays you around 40 per cent of your salary.
I think this is one reason adult education is rather popular here.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

It varies at my company but starting out you get 10 days (2 weeks) + 7 "whatever you want to do with them days" for additional time or sick days. I luckily have a position where if I'm sick I can work from home (or the hotel like last week when I was on the road.) As you are there longer you get more days off. We also get the following holidays...

New Year's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving + Day After
Christmas + Day After

I keep about 8 days for the end of the year to go with Christmas/New Years and then take various days the rest of the year.

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 2):
Part of the reason that Americans are so productive is that we (can) take fewer vacations, I think. But whether this is really a good thing, I'm not sure.

That is very much one of the reasons as we don't shut down the country in August like some European countries seem to do. I personally don't think it is a great thing for our minds that we seem to be work-aholics. I'm taking my parents on vacation in April for a couple of days and it will be their first vacation in quite a few years (their fault for starting a winery.)

Home Depot does not even offer any vacation until you have worked a full year. You get the other holidays during the year but no extended time off that first year.

[Edited 2006-03-15 04:21:57]


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

I get 25 days paid holiday + public holidays. The company has the discretion to allocate some of our time and we normally "lose" 2-4 days over the Christmas/New Year period (depending on how the public holidays fall), when the firm shuts down. Other than that, there is no restriction on when we can take our time off.

User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 18):
In summer you get the "holiday money", an extra salary, in my case it is half of the 33 days salary. No real law of this, it is an old practise.

I know in some countries you get the "Christmas money" or "the 13th month salary" in the end of the year

That's the case with me, totalling of 14 months salary per year. An extra salary in July and one in January.

Regards,
LO231



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8461 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
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Here we get 20 working days on average, plus the 12 public holidays. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday we get the Monday off.


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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2513 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 23):

That's the case with me, totalling of 14 months salary per year. An extra salary in July and one in January.

Regards,
LO231

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