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Vacation Benefit Increases for Some Staff

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The vacation benefit for benefits-eligible staff who hold non-exempt jobs has increased as of September 1, 2017. Specifically, staff in these jobs who have worked for Stanford for less than 15 years and whose job is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement are now accruing higher vacation leave (staff with 15 years of service or more already accrue the maximum vacation benefit). This change eliminates the difference in vacation accrual rates between staff in non-exempt and exempt jobs.

“We regularly review our benefits to assess changes that may be needed,” stated Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources. “I’m happy to announce this improvement for the positive impact it has for staff with under 15 years of service. I feel strongly that vacation leave is important to helping our staff achieve a well-balanced, healthy life. At the same time, we’re able to improve the efficiency of our vacation administration and associated payroll processes with this consistent vacation accrual rate.”

Marcia Cohen, Senior Associate Dean, Finance and Administration for the School of Medicine, shared her delight that the vacation benefit has increased for staff in non-exempt jobs whose contributions are so critical to achieving our mission. “All staff should feel valued for their contributions, and have an equal opportunity to take time away from work to relax and recharge. Having the same vacation accrual rate is important for an integrated employee experience across Stanford schools and units.”

Staff who are accruing increased vacation leave received an email from Elizabeth Zacharias on August 31. The increased vacation hours that took effect on September 1 will be reflected in timecard leave balances as of October 4, since vacation leave accrues at the end of each month.

Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.6: Vacations has been updated. Visit  Cardinal at Work for a link to the policy and to view frequently asked questions.

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