Even though it’s not required on a federal level, 76%
of private industry workers receive paid time off. The amount of time off received
is typically based on how long they’ve been with the company:
After one year with the company, workers receive
an average of 10 vacation days.
After five years, they receive an average of 15
After 10 years, workers receive an average of 17
After 20 years, they receive an average of 20
Do I have to give all my employees the same number of vacation days?
Choose how many vacation days to give your team based on
what’s right for your company and your employees.
You can choose to give everyone the same number of vacation
days, or you can increase the number of days based on how long they’ve been
working for you. You can also choose to give your salaried employees a set
number of days per year and have your hourly workers earn time off based on how
many hours they work.
Just make sure you’re not discriminating based on race,
gender, religion, or any other protected class.
What if my employees don’t use their vacation time?
In 2017, 52%
of American workers did not use all their vacation time. If you think your staff
won’t use all their time, you have a couple different options:
You can implement a “use it or lose it” policy,
where any unused vacation time does not carry over to the next year.
You can pay your employees for any time they
You can allow your staff to carry over some of
their unused days to the next year.