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26 weeks of vacation keep employees on the job

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Clinical laboratories need almost 24-hour coverage at Salt Lake City-based ARUP Laboratories, so employees work in 10-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week.
    They’re hardly complaining: After working seven days straight, employees head home and don’t return for a week.
Scheduling is a cinch for the 2,000 employees on the schedule, and the labs get the coverage they need, says Von Madsen, assistant vice president and HR manager.
    “Here in Utah, a lot of people live here for the connection to the outdoors,” he says. Employees can hike, ski or take a vacation for a week any time of year. Instead of accruing sick days, employees get a cash equivalent, so they work 70 hours but get paid for 80.
    The schedule usually doesn’t work for employees who are raising families, and it’s tough to schedule a two-week vacation. It also forces employees to take responsibility for saving in case of an extended illness.
    Contact: Von Madsen at von.madsen@aruplab.com.

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