Why do we need to do this?
Vacation and Holiday tracking are ways to monitor paid time off accumulated and consumed in those
areas. Being an additional benefit to the salary, it is advisable to keep track of them very exactly so that
can benefit from them. For a clear record, a vacation tracker and a holiday tracker can be used.
Who is responsible for the tracking?
Vacation and Holiday tracking are necessary when the comprehensive employee benefits package offered by
the employer includes paid time off (PTO). Those responsible for the full consumption of the accumulated paid
time off are employees. If this is your case, we provide you with a simple and efficient vacation tracker and
Of course, requests must be made that require the approval of superiors, but the employee is fully
for consuming all the accumulated paid time off hours.
In March 2017, 97% of private manufacturing and information industries and only 37% of workers in leisure and
hospitality had access to paid holidays.1
Apart from Vacation and Holiday tracking, it is possible to also follow other types of paid time off.
This can happen because among other benefits offered by companies to their employees can be included as
- paid sick days
In March 2019, 76% of civilian workers, a category that includes workers in private industry and state and
government, had access to Paid sick leave.2
- paid personal days
In December 2017, an estimate of 16%of civilian workers, including workers in private industry and state
local government, had access to paid personal leave.3
- paid bereavement leave
Why do Vacation and Holiday tracking?
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) there is no requirement to grant payment for the time that an
has not worked. Therefore, there are none for Vacation and Holiday tracking either.
However, these benefits are often granted by employers to reduce unscheduled absences. To avoid any kind of
misunderstandings, companies use written PTO policies that clearly establish the terms and conditions for
obtaining and using these paid times off from work.
You can download a free
tracker if you need a Vacation tracking or Holiday track.
In traditional models, companies distribute paid time off between the categories listed above.
For example, the employee may benefit annually from:
- 10 days of paid holidays
- 14 days of paid vacation
- 8 days of sick leave
- 2 days of personal leave
But there is also the option in which these paid times off can be allocated as a fixed number of days per
or as a number of hours which accumulates in relation to the time worked. In fact, these options are the ones
preferred by employees. If they do not need to use paid time off as sick leave, then they have the chance to
it as supplementary vacation time.
Vacation and Holiday tracking become a mandatory thing in these situations. For this reason, you can
download PlanArty's free tracker. To emphasize this fact, it is worth mentioning that if
not consumed in time, they can be lost.
An Employee Benefits Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted on a number of
civilian workers shows us that 76% of them had access to paid vacation in March 2019. It should be mentioned
that this number also includes workers in private industry and state and local government.
The number of annual days of paid vacation by service requirement March 20195
||Paid vacation days by the length of service
|Less than 5 days
||5 - 19 days
||10 - 14 days
||15 - 19 days
||20 - 24 days
||Greater than 24 days
|After 1 year
|After 5 years
|After 10 years
|After 20 years
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Economics Daily, Workers in the private industry received an average of 8 paid holidays in 2017 (visited June 08, 2020).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits in the United States – March 2019, (visited June 08, 2020).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Access to paid personal leave. March 2018, (visited June 08, 2020).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employee Benefits Survey Appendix table 2. The number of workers represented March 2019 (visited June 08, 2020).
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Paid vacations: Number of annual days by service requirement, civilian workers, March 2019
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Economist with a degree in Marketing and International Economic Affairs.
Mariana is passionate about efficient time management in business. Therefore, she shares with our readers
and our team
members her knowledge and experience in this domain.