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Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:06 am

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:36 am

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:07 am

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".
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:29 pm

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:00 pm

People employed on a full time basis get four weeks paid leave per year. Some employers will offer longer.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:24 pm

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.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:34 pm

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:54 pm

4 weeks is set by the law, 5 is quite common.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:44 pm

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 6:48 pm

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:37 pm

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:18 pm

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..

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Edit: typo

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

[Edited 2006-03-14 13:20:36]
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:26 pm

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 10:14 pm

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.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:36 am

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.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:44 am

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

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:11 am

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 5:49 am

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:27 am

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
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:08 am

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:53 am

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.
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:20 pm

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:11 pm

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.

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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 3:31 am

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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RE: Vacation Days In Your Country?

Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:27 am

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.

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