Bargaining For More Vacation Time

A vacation, is a period of absence from a particular activity, usually for the short purpose of tourism or recreation, or sometimes for special occasions or holidays. Usually, people take a vacation at specific vacation times, either during certain holiday periods, or for special festivals or events. The vacations can be expensive, depending on the destination, activities included, duration and other factors. The vacations can give a person a chance to see or do things he or she may have not been able to do in the usual course of work.


Most employees are entitled to a paid vacation. In fact, employees may get up to a week of paid vacation time every year. In Canada, this entitlement is generally provided at the time of employment, and sometimes it is granted to the employee by the employer, depending on the agreement between the two parties. However, in the United States, most employees receive no pay during their vacation. This does not mean, however, that an employee cannot take a vacation, if he or she wants to. An employee has the right to ask their supervisor for an extension of paid vacation time, up to a maximum of 14 days per year, or even more in certain cases.

To make sure you get the right vacation benefits, go through your company’s handbook or policy manual. You may find that there are policies regarding paid time off, and if this is the case, your company should provide this. In some cases, a vacation extension may be authorized if an employee has a physical or medical condition that requires regular medical care, but would require too much time off from regular work. Such a policy may specify a maximum amount of vacation days allowed. However, if an employee requests additional paid time off for any reason, the right to extend his or her vacation policy may be revoked, according to the policy.

The policy may also specify how much vacation time is considered “paid,” and what constitutes “paid vacation.” In many cases, a week of vacation is equivalent to a week of unpaid time off; therefore, if you are requesting additional paid time off, you must specify how much you want to be compensated for it. Usually, an employee is paid for one week of vacation time, regardless of how many days are actually spent on the vacation. (Employers are allowed a maximum number of days they can use to accrue vacation time for their employees.) However, if an employee is requesting an additional week of paid vacation time, he or she must provide documentation to the company verifying his or her eligibility.

If you have already been offered vacation pay, and want more vacation time, you can still ask for more vacation pay. To do so, your employer must give you written notice detailing the amount of time you will be eligible for. You can then negotiate with your employer to determine an amount that is fair and comparable to other employees receiving similar compensation. Keep in mind that you may not be able to negotiate a very large amount, but it is still possible to ask for a moderate increase.

If you have a long-term personal contract with your employer, he or she may be unable to offer you any type of flexible schedule during the year, including vacation pay. You may be able to negotiate a vacation pay that is set in stone, for example, based on how long you have been with the company. In this case, you would simply submit a request for vacation pay and allow your employer to decide how high that amount should be. If you are offered full-time or part-time employment, it may be easier to negotiate a contractual amount of vacation time than it would be to negotiate an amount of cash-only or commission-based salary.