I got a call from a reader yesterday asking for some help. He’s reworking his employee manual, and wanted to know industry standards for time off. I didn’t have anything ready at hand, so I asked our resdient HR expert Steve Cesare for his insight.
I thought it might be a question other contractors had, so I’m sharing it here.
The current standard is one week of paid vacation time and three paid sick days per year for non-exempt employees at and above the rank of Foreman (and all office staff), after they have completed one year of continuous service to the company.
The current standard is two weeks of paid vacation time and three paid sick days per year for exempt employees, beginning on their hire date.
These “standards” don’t really apply to very small (i.e., fewer than 15 employees) landscaping companies. Those companies typically do not allocate paid vacation time to any employees. Moreover, they typically only grant unpaid sick leave to their employees.
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