Breaking up vacation time: Taking time off in periods of less than 1 week (Ask an expert)

By Annie Chong
|Canadian Payroll Reporter|Last Updated: 05/07/2013

Question: Some of our employees have asked to take part of their vacation in days rather than in an unbroken week. As an example, some employees want to take Fridays or Mondays off to have long weekends over the summer. Is this allowed?

Answer: It depends on the jurisdiction in which the employee works. Vacation requirements are covered under each province’s/territory’s employment/labour standards legislation, as well as the Canada Labour Code for federally regulated employees and employers.

Canada Labour Code: The Labour Standards Code does not specify how employees are to take their vacation. Employers are advised to contact Labour Standards with specific questions.