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Re: Ever been guilty of leaving vacation days on the table?

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Are you kidding me??? THEY are gonna pay you for NOT coming to work!!! And yes, I was paid for vacation time I didn't use when I retired, butt NEVER lost vaca time while I was working. Too many people think they are too important to miss work. Guess what? Most aren't missed when they are gone. 

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I was a school district superintendent at several locales around the country.  I cannot imagine treating any employee in that manner.  I do know that in Michigan the Atty General's office would have obtained your money for you.

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I worked for a school district in northwest Missouri which would let you accumulate your sick days.  When you retired or left the district, they were supposed to pay you $100 for each day.  When I left and requested my 18 1/2 days owed me, they did not pay me.  So I guess I left them on the table.  I could not get anyone to help me get the money owed.

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Guilty as charged. It's a one-person office and that would be me! I don't mind too much since I do love my job.

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I worked for a public utility & they'd only give you one quarter into the new year, to "use it or lose it", as far as vacation! As a single, I already "lost" vacation days, when I had to stay home for tradesmen to do repairs, so you can be sure I wasn't about to lose more of my hard-earned vacation time, due to oversight! On rare occasion there would be big projects where even management would work so much overtime, it couldn't be considered "expected", and I'd take that time off ASAP .. in case the company then changed its mind! Smiley Happy


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In a way I lost some actual vacation but never the pay for it.  My previous company would let us carry a max of two years worth of vacation on the books.  As a young married couple we would use 2 weeks vacation every other a year to visit our families in middle America from the West Coast.  The trip was expensive but we kept the inbetween years vacation days for emergencies like funerals, sick kids, etc.  As my vacation accural increased to three weeks per year, I was carrying 6 weeks on the books consistently.  When I left the mega-corporation to be the first hired employee of a new company, I was paid for the vacation and took 2 weeks off before starting the new job.  So essentially, I left 4 weeks vacation on the table.  That was 27 years ago and since then I haven't missed taking any time off.  Now that I can walk out the door retired any time I want, I take all my vacation time and then some.  I don't ask to take time off anymore.  I tell them what days I won't be working which lately has exceeded my vacation days by 5 weeks or more per year.  Let's just say I'm easing into retirement slowly by taking more and more vacation.

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Yes, consistently.  It was made clear that you should only request vacation at certain times of year.  Not during summer when it was fiscal year budget season. As a spouse of a teacher, this was pretty much the only option. You were looked upon as a slacker if you requested vacation. And you had to make sure you covered for everything that could potentially happen while you were gone, because management didn't want any questions/surprises to deal with. One manager told me that she "lost" vacation days and it was expected that I would as well.  She, of course, did not lose any. I was in my 50's and new about age discrimination, which eventually caught up with me. The wrath when you returned from even a day off wasn't worth it, as I had to work an 60-70 hour week to make up for lost time. After 30+ years as a worker bee, I had had lots of earned vacation, but it was easier just to lose it.

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I never missed a vacation day and never would.  Employers love this activity so why give them the pleasure.  They will take advantage of you as much as possible.  I even took some days I wasn't entitled to, on the sly.

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