Employers and employees alike often misunderstand North Carolina’s legal requirements concerning vacation benefits. Those misunderstandings often can become emotional and heated. An employee may believe her employer is cheating her out of a benefit. The employer may believe the employee is claiming a benefit she has not earned.
Many times such disputes result in complaints to the North Carolina Department of Labor. The best way to avoid such disputes—and maintain workplace tranquility—is to publish a clear vacation benefits policy based on a solid understanding of North Carolina law.
North Carolina law does not dictate the terms of an employer’s vacation benefits policy. In fact, it does not even require employers to provide vacation time. However, employers who provide vacation benefits, as most employers do, must comply with the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act.
Vacation notice requirements
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