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"unlimited holidays" is not a benefit. It's usually a red flag. I know one Senior software developer who had unlimited vacation and they made him feel guilty for just taking three weeks of vacation after one year. It's also a way for an employer not to pay you for unused portions of your vacation should you get laid off or you quit (should you happen to ...


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? They've already paid you in terms of your "expenses" and given you extra time off, so I'd think there's no point other than to vent anger (which is a bad idea). How can I approach booking any future time off given that this could happen again? ...


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I work in a company (~50K Employees) where we have an "unlimited" PTO (paid time off) policy. For us, requests for vacation under 4 weeks a year only have to be approved by our direct supervisor. Then, for every week above that, the request has to be approved by another level of management. This is my second year at this company, and I've never experienced ...


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The main difference between unlimited and regulated European holidays is this: In many parts of Europe you HAVE to take some or all holidays. In some European countries you even have to (by work law) take 10 working days in a row (so that create a 16 days holiday including weekends). In the unlimited case there is no upper cap, but there is usually also ...


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Now I would like to know how to address the current situation (if I should) with management/PM, and how to tackle it in the future. There is not much to address the current situation. You yourself knew that it wasn't likely that the project would have been completed on the original date. You even booked your trip a few months after the original date ...


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Unlimited PTO can be great, or it can be terrible - it completely depends on the culture of the company. The main upside for the employer, however, is that they do not have to pay out vacation when you leave. In California (where this concept originated), the law is very clear that employees accrue vacation with each paycheck, and that it is an asset that ...


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Is unspent vacation time a good argument in pay negotiations? No. The company has already given you those days. The fact that you have not yet used them is irrelevant. From the company's standpoint, any value that those vacation days provide is already in your possession to either use or cash out if you leave the company. Your boss will surely be aware ...


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While you're reluctant to reschedule at this time that is exactly what you should do. Talk to your boss and your partner and then schedule the trip so that it is only a few weeks or a month later than originally planned. You will be clearing it ahead of time with management, it will be before the estimated time for the Smith delivery, and it will still ...


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(Potential) bad news - I'm going to be out of the country for a little bit (10 days) in a couple of days. It's not a "news" if you had mentioned it earlier, it's an information that the company already have. It should not matter much if you've already communicated about your unavailability. It's business as usual. Is it safe to assume that the company ...


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I worked for a company with unlimited vacation time a about a decade ago. The policy was similar to NateTheGrate's answer -- depending on the total amount you take each year, it has to be approved by a higher level of management. The important thing to understand is that you can't really take off an unlimited amount of time -- you still have to do your job. ...


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She also added that she didnt appreciate the fact that I contacted her during HER vacation with her family as it wasnt a work emergency and was not an important issue to have me disturb her Your boss is clearly pissed off with you because you contacted her during vacation. She has mentioned it clearly wasn't a work emergency, and not something to disturb ...


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Most places I have worked prohibited taking PTO during the notice period. The first thing I would do if I was in your situation is check my contract and employee handbook to see if that is the case for you. If it is then you will need to decide if you want to take the 3 days PTO before handing in your notice or just sacrifice your accrued PTO.


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? Why would you? From due date of your birth to how many weeks the doctor tells you that you have left at the end of life NO date is a guarantee until after it occurs. Yes, some are far more likely than others but projects are subject to change. The ...


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Legalities aside, as I don't think you want to go that route to solve this anyway. I understand that you are surprised by the fact that PTO accrues, they probably are as surprised by your surprise, as this is fairly normal thing in tech in many modern countries (US, UK, and Australia from my own experience). But is that actually a problem for you? What I ...


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There are occasionally times when it is simpler to let something go, rather than try to grab every last shilling on the table. This is one of those times. You can certainly ask your HR department to pay those four days, and it wouldn't hurt to ask them about it, but I wouldn't plan on holding my breath waiting for them to say "yes".


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You should ask for the vacation days and protection of your weekends. The worst that can reasonably happen is they will say "no" to your request. Have a discussion with the hiring manager or recruiter in person or over the phone to discuss the offer and share your desire for additional vacation and weekend protection. Before the conversation, know what your ...


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First of all, I just want to say that I wouldn't be overly concerned around the discussion of "religion". It could be interpreted to be a cultural thing, rather than a religious thing. There are many places in the world where Christmas is not really a religious holiday. You got tentative approval to take holiday at the end of November - start of December. ...


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This is a point of negotiation. Convey to your boss today in writing, “I am very concerned I’m going to lose my vacation payout. Please tell me in writing I will be classified as a CA employee at the end of my notice or I will be forced to move my last day up into 2019. I really want to finish knowledge transfer and help the company through the ...


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This could backfire in many ways: It may signal that you may be a workaholic - someone who works so hard for so long that they get burned out. Companies allot time off because they know employees perform better when they use it. It may signal that you are not very good at managing your own schedule and resources. The "threat" of having to pay a handful of ...


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As others have noted, this is perhaps a more common feature of software engineering jobs. I would say it works because engineers already tend to have a lot of flexibility with scheduling and how their work is evaluated, not to mention variance in the perceived value + volume of work performed by each person. What prevents someone from taking a 3 month ...


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Assuming you started on the 2nd of January, you should have the full holiday for the year. I am not a lawyer, ofc, but I have experienced this scenario myself and done some research. They are allowed to take holidays off if you start later in the year - however, only in proportion to how much later you've started. So assuming you start half a year in, you ...


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Like so many other things in a workplace, the answer is "it depends". Netflix was one of the early pioneers in the practice of unlimited PTO. An interesting listen is an episode of NPR's Planet Money podcast from a few years ago: Hard Work is Irrelevant Basically, Netflix offered unlimited time off... but no guarantee that your job will wait for you if you ...


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You've tagged your location as United States. PTO accrual is typical in the US. PTO is typically quoted annually (X hours or X days per year), but you start with a zero or a near-zero amount, and it is "earned" either every paycheck or every month (or some other schedule of a similar scale). In effect, your X days of PTO is never available all at once; you ...


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You do not need to give away the private reasons why this vacation is important to you, if you don't want to, even though it could help your case. If they insist, you can say that you want to keep that private for now (they will probably be able to guess then, but you can still expect your manager to keep that to themselves). Your manager is usually not ...


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Holiday is regulated by the Bundesurlaubsgesetz in Germany. It explains how many minimum days there are, and how the days you are owed are calculated. The following parts are relevant. All translations and emphases are mine. § 3 Dauer des Urlaubs (1) Der Urlaub beträgt jährlich mindestens 24 Werktage. (2) Als Werktage gelten alle Kalendertage, die ...


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If direct deposit is not an option, it's OK to use credit cards in the meantime and then just pay them off when you get the paycheck later. It doesn't matter since the money will come out of the same place eventually (your bank acct). I am not sure legal rights are relevant here. The employer has nothing to do with the fact that you decided to go on ...


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Floating holidays are a pretty new concept that are intended to give employees the opportunity to celebrate the holidays that are most meaningful to them, regardless of culture, religion or nationality. So instead of having 11 fixed holidays you have 7 fixed holidays and 4 floaters (for example). For standard holidays it is simple: If you quit before the ...


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As I am employed in an at-will state, I understand it's possible that my employment will simply be terminated on my last effective day rather than my requested official day, but aside from this possibility, what should I be considering? Or, should I not consider doing this at all? The other possibility you should consider is that you are terminated the ...


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This varies case to case, but Outlook's calendar has a Show as drop-down value called Working elsewhere specifically for this. If you're using Outlook, you should mark your unavailable time as Away, which shows up as a hard-to-miss purple block on your calendar. The rest of your time could either just be left open or marked as Working elsewhere. If you ...


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A couple of bonus days off were given as well as vaguely making us whole financially (we could get some, but not all of the money back for the cancelled trip). If they wanted to cancel a pre-arranged holiday, they should have paid you the whole amount (days off are not the same). If you had the money, you could now re-book it and you'd be fine barring ...


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