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Popular vacation purchase plan available for another year

Applications due March 6; program starts April 1, 2020

January 23, 2020 — 

Would you like extra days for your summer holiday or additional days off to take care of elderly parents? Are you a new employee wishing for vacation time during your first year?

These are questions to discuss with your supervisor when considering the vacation purchase plan (VPP). If your area’s operational needs are covered, you may be eligible to benefit from the program.

The University will offer this popular program for the fifth year, says Darlene Smith, associate vice-president, human resources.

“The vacation purchase plan gives support staff the ability to create flexible work arrangements and promotes work-life balance, which is a priority defined in our university’s Strategic Plan .”

The vacation purchase plan provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase five to 10 days of vacation in addition to their current vacation allotment. While unpaid leaves already exist, they impact seniority and service accrual, vacation accrual, pension contributions and other benefits, whereas these consequences do not occur with VPP.

Last year the vacation purchase plan attracted a total of 444 employees.

The vacation purchase plan will run concurrently with the voluntary days off program. The VPP allows salary deductions to be distributed throughout the year, whereas the voluntary days off program deducts from earnings within the pay period that the leave is taken.

The two options provide maximum flexibility for employees; however, the combined total of days between the two programs cannot exceed 10 days per fiscal year.

Application forms should be submitted to supervisors by February 21, 2020.


Questions? Call the HR Help Desk at 204-474-9400 or contact your HR consultant.

To provide feedback, email hrfeedback [at] umanitoba [dot] ca

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