Is vacation time deferrable?
Can an employee accumulate vacation time from one year to the next? It depends. Supply Room Attendant Barbara Cotrell approached her supervisor's desk. "Mike and I have decided to take an around-the-world cruise next year.
Can an employee accumulate vacation time from one year to the next? It depends.
Supply Room Attendant Barbara Cotrell approached her supervisor's desk. "Mike and I have decided to take an around-the-world cruise next year."
"Sounds like a great idea. Hey, you're talking about 6 wk or more. Are you planning to quit?"
"Nope. What I'd like to do is defer this year's vacation for 1 yr."
Maintenance foreman Jim Ransom stroked his chin thoughtfully. "I hate to shatter your dreams, Barb, but a clause in the labor agreement states..." He pulled the contract from a desk drawer and read: "'Vacations are not cumulative and must be taken or paid for within a 12-mo period of being earned'."
"What page is that on?"
"Okay, turn to page 131."
Ransom did so and read: "'Employees with 12 or more years of service may defer their vacation time for not more than 1 yr, provided written application is made and approved in advance'."
Barbara grinned. "That's me. Thirteen years as of June 6th." She handed over the application.
Question: Do you think the reason for Barbara's request is valid enough to warrant approval?
Jensen's verdict: Ransom showed the application to his boss, Plant Engineer Arthur Jensen. The executive scanned down the letter and initialed the request. He told Ransom wistfully, "Ask her if I can carry her bags."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey