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Travellers, how much vacation time do you recieve per year?

Travellers, how much vacation time do you recieve per year?

Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:08 AM
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Could an American please explain to us Europeans what you mean by 'sick days' - Do you take them as holiday, or are these just days which you are entitled to as paid leave if you are genuinely sick?
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:29 AM
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Basically in the UK (or perhaps just in England, I am not sure) we are entitled to sick leave.

This means that if we are sick (for up to 6 weeks a year) our employers must pay our salary and find cover for us if it's long term sick.

If we are not sick we cannot just take these days as vacation.

Infact, since the time employees spend off work sick therefore costs employers greatly, many will have various rules i force to ensure that you are sick. These can include asking for certified notes from your doctor on return to work and even seeing one of their own medical experts. Generally speaking most employers I have use some discretion and only look into things if they suspect an individual of "taking a sickie".

(That's the expression used to convey calling in sick when you aren't too sick to work but just don't want to go in to work).

If you get caught doing that you can get disciplined, I don't know if counts as misconduct in terms of dismissal or not.

Certainly I know HR in one place I worked got involved when one manager noticed that one of her staff was ill very frequently, only ever for a day at a time and only on Mondays!


Hope this clarifies.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:31 AM
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Things are far more informal in my office, where I've worked since 1993. We're only 12 people. It's tacitly understood that I get 2 weeks vacation, plus national holidays and however many sick days seem appropriate. Here, that means don't call in sick unless you're unable to walk. But when I had surgery two years ago, I got paid for the full 2-1/2 weeks I took off.

5 weeks to go until the Go family sojourn in Switzerland & Italy. I can already smell the cheese...
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:57 AM
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Thank you UK person for explaining UK position - I know about that, as I'm English, and was asking AMERICANS about their 'sick days'
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 11:22 AM
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Sick days are supposed to be used when you are actually sick. At some companies, like mine, you can use them when an immediate family member is ill. However, some people abuse this, and use their sick days as vacation time. This had led to some companies combining sick and vacation time, and simply calling it leave. So if you have 4 weeks leave, and you're sick for 2 weeks, you only get 2 weeks holiday. But if you're never sick, 4 full weeks.

At companies that still separate it out, the number of sick days vary. My husband's firm has 6 days, while mine has 12. Mine carry over into the next year.

When I worked in the UK, I couldn't believe the amount of sick time people used. I called in sick one day because I had a cold, and came into work the next day. My boss told me that I should have taken off at least three days, or the entire week, because a lone sick day makes it look like you're not really sick! In the year I was there, of the 15 people in my department, 5 of them at some point when on 6 months "stress leave", fully paid!

Of course, in the US, there are those workaholics who never call in sick, even when they are on death's door, because they think it makes them look good to the boss. What it does is make other people sick, and annoys co-workers who have to listen to them cough and hack and snort all day.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 11:23 AM
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Above posting was supposed to start "Here in the US..."
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 12:23 PM
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I have 4 weeks paid vacation (but it took me staying at the same job 10 years to get it!).

In addition I get 9 paid holiday days and 10 paid sick days per year.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 03:00 PM
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I get 5, yes that is right, 5 paid days off a year after 2 years with the same company. No sick/personal days and paid major US holidays such as Christmas if it falls Monday through Friday. Oh the USA. By the way, I am a travel agent! So much for getting to use any travel benifits.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 07:17 PM
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Although this question is almost 1 year old,the answer is the same for me as ever: not enough vacation time. I only get 10 days. I think I'm one of the few who gets only 2 weeks.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 08:50 PM
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I'm getting 2 weeks vacation per year, plus 6 holidays, 1 week personal holidays(technically 3 weeks vacation), and 25 sick days. After 5 years, I will get 3 weeks vacation plus 1 week personal etc.. I live in California.
Old Jul 12th, 2002, 02:49 PM
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I earn 5 weeks, but have to use that for everything else like car repair, waiting (as I did again today for the second time) for the power company to come change my meter, funerals, etc. And they track it to the 15 minute level. Gets used up pretty fast. Usually breaks down to about 2 1/2 weeks of actual vacation. so very often the things I need to do like getting repairs done will make me very sick to my stomach and I have to use sick leave.
Old Jul 15th, 2002, 12:04 PM
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At my company (and at many others in the U.S.), vacation time isn't given to us in a lump sum. It's accrued based on the hours we work. I accrue a maximum of 2 weeks' vacation every year, but with continued service to this company, I will max out at 5 weeks' vacation (in 10 years).
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