The Importance of Vacation Time for Your Employees

During the summer, there are a variety of things going on including barbecues, pool parties and outdoor events.  Generally, employees will like the opportunity to take a bit of time off from work to enjoy the sunshine with their friends and family.If you are a business owner, you will definitely want to make sure that you have a good plan for managing time off during the busy summer months.In Ontario, most employees will get the benefit of nine holidays and two weeks of paid vacation time each year.In many cases, when employees don’t take their vacation days, the employer will simply pay them for their time.

Using free online tools offered by Ontario Ministry of Labour’s site, you will be able to calculate your employees’ vacation pay.

It is a good idea to implement some ground rules regarding vacation time.This will make it easier for both you and your employees to keep a track of the vacation time that has been accumulated and used.You should include the following in your vacation policy:

  • Eligibility requirements for vacation time
  • How to earn vacation time
  • Whether vacation days can be rolled over to the next year
  • What happens when there is unused vacation time at the time of separation from the company

Sometimes, it can prove to be quite challenging to keep account of all of the vacation time for each and every employee on your payroll.This is why it is so important to have a schedule in place.  When you plan ahead, you will find that keeping track of everything is much easier.Another thing to consider is making sure that you have enough employees at work to conduct business as usual.This means that employees won’t be able to take the same time off for vacations in many cases.