Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Update on surprise vacation pay

Alright, the answers were given to me in small blocks at a time, as I think we both were confusing. But here are the facts as HR presents them:

1) I do have vacation hours, and 30 were applied to my previous check.
2) I have been accruing vacation over time, but at "rates that vary per number of hours worked". Whatever that meant. But it is influenced by how much I work, which isn't a lot.
3) I have not lost any due vacation because the system carries over all vacation from year to year to year,  according to HR. I believe that is not the case, but I don't have the handbook with me to check. I'll do that next time I swing by.
4) I started accruing vacation in 2009, which is as far as the online system goes.
5) For the past 4 years, I've only accrued 80 hours of vacation, in bits and pieces at a time. That's about 20hrs each year.

I guess the good news is: I get to keep the vacation pay I received and the additional unused 50hrs. I was half expecting HR to retract on the whole issue and say I did not have vacation and my manager was wrong. I also have not lost any vacation, apparently, which is good. I will (eventually) try to figure out what the accrual rates are, an whether or not I have actually not lost any vacation. But that's a battle for another day.

Back to studying. 5 days to go.


  1. That's good news. It sounds like the best of both.

  2. Any plans for your "bonus" money??

    1. Yup. The entire amount will go straight into my car fund. I'm only a few shy from hitting my $2k goal!

  3. Pretty darn cool. And just think, more paid time off! Or, depending on the company, sometimes they'll pay you for it.

    I love surprises!
    Peace <3