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Can employees request their vacation pay be paid?

Expert: Howard Levitt

Duncan asked:

We are a federally regulated transportation company. May an employee request their vacation pay be paid to them apart from when they take vacation and if they are allowed to do this when must it be paid to them. I am hearing it must be paid immediately.

Howard Levitt answered:

That is not the case. As an employer, you are free to decide to pay vacation pay when it is customarily paid, i.e. when they take their vacation.

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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