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This question feels like "do my homework for me" but the truth is I've done what surfing I could and haven't found anything remotely like the reference I need. So I come to the All Knowing LiveJournal crowd to get some input.

It's about vacation time, or Paid Time Off, or sick leave, or whatever a place of business chooses to call it. In the case in question, employees earn 10 days vacation/sick time for their first year of employment, and an additional one day for every subsequent year they are there. All new employees serve a three month "probation" period before they are eligible for vacation and/or health insurance (and yes, company-paid health insurance is provided for all full timers).

It's in the details where I get lost, and my guess is that there are some industry standard answers, but I would rather hear what you know about it.

Would a new employee (A) accumulate those PTO hours while on probation, and then have access to them after the three months are up, or (B) only start accumulating PTO at the three month mark? (I would guess A.)

The Employee Manual implies that there is no difference between vacation and sick time, but the payroll services company being used requires knowing which category any used time is from. Is there some special consideration, perhaps legally mandated, that makes those two classifications different?

Once I know more about how PTO accumulates, I get the fun (not) task of going back in time for all of our full-timers and figure out what they really should have, since all I know for sure right now is that what's on the payroll report is not correct. At a minimum, one person who has been there more than a year isn't listed, and two others have accumulation rates that don't line up with the 80 hours per 24 pay period baseline.


Oct. 3rd, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer - not an HR specialist so I don't know if there are laws regulating PTO. I'm guessing not because I've seen it applied differently.

All the jobs I've had came with a probation period and the time off began accumulating during that time. My current job I could start taking that time off as soon as I finished the probation period. Other places you had to wait a year.

I believe that PTO and sick leave are different piles of money because every place I've stopped working at paid me for my vacation time that I had accumulated but not sick time.
Oct. 5th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Even knowing that it's being handled differently at different places is a great help.


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