Too long and didn’t read (sorry lol)? Quick question then: what do I do if my employer isn’t giving me paid vacation time even though I’ve worked for them for two years and their handbook says that I am eligible for it?
I’ve been working at my job for two years, and I’d like to think of myself as a pretty loyal employee: I don’t call off too much (like once in a blue moon if I’m sick or something), I’m always at work on time, and I work hard. Everyone I work with knows it—I’ve even been given gift cards and cash bonuses by my employers as a thank you gift. And while I know they could easily replace me and don’t care about me (because every employee ever is replaceable), they—in a way—kind of need me. Because without me working full-time as a night auditor, my manager would have to work it alongside another front desk lady I work with who does both afternoon and night shifts. We’re short staffed and it’s hard to find people to work at all, let alone to work a night shift… full-time. So, in a way, I’m doing them a favor and staying on.
However, I’m apparently not getting any vacation time. Like paid vacation. Most of the time when I request time off, it’s only for one, sometimes two, days. The only time I ever took off for a longer time was last year for Christmas, and it was actually my manager who brought it up. She’s like, “What about using your vacation time?” Now, we have a thing called Paycom where I can see the amount of hours I’ve worked, how much I get paid, time off, etc. and when I look at it, at the “accrual” thing, it says nothing.
So I asked her about it, and since she’s not authorized to fully tell me or look it up, she had to email her boss (our employers). When she did, she was told, “You don’t have enough hours.” And left it at that. I was never told how many hours I have and have left to get to paid vacation time… and when I asked, she just said she didn’t remember them saying anything like that.
Well okay, so I thought maybe I just needed to give it time. And it wasn’t like I needed it pronto, so I left it be.
Now, I just exceeded my two year anniversary and my sisters and I are planning a trip that will be at least a week long. I need the money, so I need a paid vacation. My Paycom thing still says nada.
So then I look through the employee handbook, just to see if it’ll say anything. And to my—not so—surprise, there it was: “All employees are eligible of having paid vacation time after one year of service. One week, for one year. Two weeks, for two years. Three weeks, for five years.” It said nothing about hours, nothing about if you’re full-time or part-time, nothing about specific employees… just “all employees” and “one year.”
I’ve been there for two years—again—so, where in the world is my paid vacation time?!
I brought this up to my manager, and even showed her where it says it, and she said that she’ll email the boss about it. That was Friday—and obviously, I haven’t gotten an answer yet. She’s still waiting.
Now, I’ve tried looking up an answer of what to do or what this might mean, and I haven’t exactly found anything. The only thing I got off Google was that if Paycom isn’t showing any vacation time, then it would mean that I’m not eligible for it as my employers never set it up.
That’s where it confuses me… because if our handbook says that I am eligible, why wouldn’t my employers let me have it?
The only other thing I can think of is that they’re screwing me over. I mean, could it be because I’m the daughter of their previous GM who left them for another job and had fights with because they wouldn’t let my mom do certain things (like hire people, etc.)? Or is it just because they can? After growing up with parents who were in the hotel industry (and like knee-deep; my mom has over 30 years worth of experience), I’ve seen a lot of crap happen over the years. Hotel owners and employers, much like any other company, doesn’t give a crap about you. And the majority of hotel owners will screw you over, and they do break the laws, and no one ever bats an eyelash because if you sue them, it’s a lot of money down the drain and they’ll find expensive and great lawyers so they can beat you in court. It’s a really sad industry.
So now, while I wait for an answer (which I hope it isn’t what I think it is), I’m trying to think of the next step if the answer is what I do think it is (a no). And that brings me to my question: what should I do?