So, would you recognize a generous time off policy if you saw one? If you had to establish a time off policy for your company, what questions would you ask?
The following is a checklist of questions that a good policy for paid time off should answer. It can be used as a starting point for a negotiation, or for a business seeking to establish or revise a policy for paid time off.
The Society for Human Resource Management, http://www.shrm.org, offers its members a model policy for paid time off that is comprehensive and a good framework for companies that do not have one.
A well-crafted policy for paid time off addresses the following issues.
New Year's Day, January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January
Washington's Birthday, the third Monday in February
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, the first Monday in September
Columbus Day, the second Monday in October
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November
The day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day, December 25
Time off to vote
Absence due to illness/sick leave