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Can vacation pay be paid out in full at any time?

Expert: Howard Levitt

Joseph asked:

In (Toronto/Mississauga), Ontario, can an employee ask for his/her vacation pay to be paid in full to the amount accumulated at any time, in this specific case, during a temporary lay-off?

Howard Levitt answered:

No, Vacation pay is generally paid during agreed vacation periods. The employee cannot receive it whenever they wish, unless of course, the employer agrees to it.

About the author

Howard Levitt, Counsel to the national law firm Lang Michener. He is author of, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, The Quick Reference Guide to Employment Law and an upcoming book on Canadian Hiring Law. He is Editor In Chief of the Dismissal & Employmnet Law Digest.

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