December 20, 2008 E-MAIL PRINT

Vacations and 'Checking In'

A lot of folks are closing out the year with some vacation time — and we've heard a few questions about bosses who are telling employees they need to "check in" while they're out. Apparently we have some managers who don't really understand the definition of "vacation".


Here's the deal: If you are required to "check in" or if you're called to work on a story, an IT problem or a sales account (in fact, work of any kind,) you're entitled to Premium Pay. It's guaranteed in the contract.

If you have to work on your vacation (and those required "check in" calls are work) you're entitled to a minimum of 5 hours at time-and-a-half AND another day off to replace the one on which you worked.

If you have to work while on vacation, make sure you file for Premium Pay. If you have any problems, get in touch with your local union rep or Union Organizer Tim Martell at the office (609-275-6020.)

By the way, I'll be on vacation through the end of the year, but I will be checking in — just in case you need me. And there's no "premium pay" for this job.

Happy Holidays,

Steve Yount

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