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    Cyburbian jkellerfsu's avatar
    Dec 2005
    Baltimore, MD

    Leave time

    I am curious about what different companies and govs offer for leave time?

    My last job (in private sector) offered 12 hours per month/18 per year (5 years in). The 12 hours included sick/vacation/personal all in one...no comp time.

    This job (in public) offers 12 vacation days per year, 3 personal days, 5 sick to start...plus comp time.

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    Cyburbian Bubba's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Above urban19's plane field
    Current job (small private firm) - 2 weeks vacation/year (jumps to 3 weeks after 5 years), 6 sick days/year, all federal holidays (which we can use as floating holidays - I'm probably going to take "MLK Day" and "Presidents Day" off in May for a four day weekend).

    Last job (freaking huge private sector company) - 4 weeks "personal time off" per year (I had 5+ years in with them - it would've been 3 weeks PTO/year otherwise), which rolled over from year to year. They had to buy out 180 hours of PTO when I walked out in January...a nice little parting gift.
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  3. #3
    Dec 2006
    private sector job with less than 3 years of experience:

    • 6 paid holidays a year (yes, we work the day after thanksgiving and many other holidays when public planning offices are closed),
    • 24 hours personal time a year (cannot carry over),
    • 40 hours sick time a year (accrued at 3.33 hours a month, cannot carry more than 20 hours into the next year, anything over 20 is paid back
    • 80 hours vacation time (accrued at 6.66 hours a month for upto 80 hours, cannot carry more than 40 hours into the next year, anything over 40 is paid back.
    • 3 days paid bereavement leave.
    • Summer hours , every other Friday off between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is also done at other times of the year (Christmas and Thanksgiving). You just put in an extra hour of work for 8 of the 10 working days in a two week span.

    Yeah, we don't have much time off, but I live so close to my job that it's no big deal.
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 13 Mar 2007 at 1:21 PM. Reason: edited per second reply, second reply deleted

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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    public sector, union position:

    12 paid holidays
    1 floating holiday (day before or after Christmas Day or New Years)
    6.5 weeks of PTO of which 2 weeks are automatically deposited into a long term disability account.
    4 days bereavement
    no comp time.

    last summer they did a pilot program of 4 day (37.5 hr) weeks during the summer. i hope they do that again this year. i would JUMP at the chance for that.
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
    Feb 2007
    Playing at a movie theater near you

    Time Off

    For a medium size firm it isn't that bad

    4 years or less
    * 2 weeks paid vacation
    * 5 "sick" days paid per year (use it or loose it)
    * 8 holidays (including day after Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    * 3 days bereavement
    * 5 days paid jurry duty (i guess this can be considered a vacation right?)

    The one thing they don't mention in the policy manual is that most mangers are very flexible, so if you want to take a day off, you can make up for it by working on a weekend, or extra hours during you work day as long as you hit the minimum required time per pay period (i.e. 80 hours for a 10 day pay period). Not much time off either, but the flexibility of hours is a big plus.

    You get an extra week of vacation after 5 years, and 4 weeks after 10 plus years.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    I get:
    • 4 weeks of vacation, accrued bi-weekly - I usually have a few days at the end of the year
    • 10 sick days a year accrued bi-weekly - I can put unused days in a fund for medical expenses when I retire, I use my sick time to take care of my kids!
    • 5 days bereavement, and unfortunately, I use these too
    • federal holidays, but we trade Columbus Day for the day after Thanksgiving, we work until 3 on Christmas Eve/New Year's (but if you take it off, it's 8 hours)
    • no comp time, no overtime but as a department head, I get some flexibility with my schedule (I do give overtime to my employees though but no flex time)
    • we have closed early for snowy days and gotten paid for it - 2 this season

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    Cyburbian jmac's avatar
    Nov 2005
    Forks of the Ohio
    After 6.5 years working for The Man and his huge private sector firm, I have:
    • 15 vacation days, accrued bi-weekly, and I use every bit of it. Vacation hours accumulate to some maximum, after which The Man buys them back. I haven't come close to hitting this, so the specifics don't matter much.
    • 5 sick days, accrued bi-weekly.
    • 10 paid holidays
    • 3 bereavement days
    • No formal comp time, but individual managers tend to be pretty lenient if you are working lots of overtime.
    • Extremely liberal leave without pay (LWOP) policies, if needed. I had 10 paid vacation days during my first five years here, I often took an additional 5 days of LWOP each year during that time. I haven't used any since then, but it is really nice to have that option.

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
    Dec 2001
    West Valley, AZ
    public union position:

    11 paid holidays
    80 hours of vacation, after 5 years 8 additional hours for each year of service upto a max of 160 hours.
    80 hours of sick time
    32 hours of personal time
    no overtime, can earn comp time.

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    Cyburbian tsc's avatar
    Oct 2002
    Under the Table
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    Public Sector

    after 3 years:

    3 weeks vacation, clump beginning of the year
    1 week personal
    12 days sick, accrued monthly
    3 days bereavement
    13 holidays
    Flex time (work 9 days tenth day off)
    comp time...hour for hour.

    35 hour work week.
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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where the weak are killed and eaten.
    Quasi-Public 14 years

    22 days off of vacation, at 15 increases to 23 with no more increases.
    7 sick days.
    9 Holidays.

    Personal time can be classified as either vacation or sick, depending upon use.

    You can roll over 5 weeks of vacation (187.5 hours) should you go over, the vacation is converted to sick. You do not get cashed out of sick days, but you do for unused vacation days.
    We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes - Fr Gabriel Richard 1805

  11. #11
    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    Public Sector - starting my 15th yr.

    Vacation - 4 weeks, will get 5th week at beginning of next yr.
    Holidays - 15
    Personal - 4 days
    Sick Time - 9 days ( I have 12 weeks banked )
    Comp Time - ?

    Can not complain, because added up I am not working for 2 Months per Year.

    If I leave to take another job what my chances of continuing what I have ?

  12. #12
    Oct 2006
    27 days leave - includes sick time / Will be at 32 days in about one week (10th year). Minimum 22 days - Accrue hours monthly.

    11-13 days of holiday (some years there are no primary or election days)

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    Cyburbian natski's avatar
    Jun 2005
    In my own little bubble
    An aussie opinion if you want it...

    4 weeks annual leave a year
    2 rostered days off each month
    15 sickies a year
    "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?" Zoolander

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