Vacation Purchase Plan (VPP) available for 2023/2024
Applications due to HR Mar. 3; program starts April 1, 2023
Would you like extra days for your summer holiday or additional days off to take care of children or 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 eighth year, says Carrie Homeniuk, Director HR Services.
“The vacation purchase plan gives support staff (EMAPS, UNIFOR, AESES and CUPE Engineering) the ability to create flexible work arrangements and promotes work-life balance.”
The vacation purchase plan provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase five to ten 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.
The vacation purchase plan works with the voluntary days off program (VDOP). The VPP allows salary deductions to be distributed throughout the year, whereas the VDOP 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.
Please note the following deadlines for the Vacation Purchase Plan applications:
Employees: Submit the ‘request for VPP’ form to your supervisor by February 17/23
Supervisors: Submit approved VPP forms to Human Resources by March 3/23
Questions? Contact vpp [at] umanitoba [dot] ca or contact your HR consultant.