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  • Originally posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    So you're saying I'm being a pawn/follower for knowing that I'm in a job that requires me to show up or use time off and thinking critically when deciding to partake in actions that are likely to result in me not being able to work the following day?
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    • Originally posted by unofan View Post

      Show me one that does, and I'll show you a bridge I have to sell.

      Tech companies providing "unlimited PTO" always have the unspoken catch of "but not really."

      I believe you said your employees get 25 days of paid PTO per year (can't remember if you just used 25 as an example or not, and I'm too lazy to go back and look). You haven't said there's any carryover except for some flexing around new year's, so I assume that's all they get.

      I currently get 22 days of vacation (4 weeks + 2 floating holidays) plus 9 scheduled holidays and 5 weeks of sick time (this might be more like 3 weeks for me since i've accrued so much already) per year. I get to carry all unused vacation time up to a cap of 2x my annual accrual, so up to 44 days' worth. I can accrue an unlimited amount of sick time. I like my deal more.
      The 25 days were just an example. Our employees start at 21 days. The most senior employee gets 36. I just thought it would be easier to use a single, round number for my example.

      And again, no doubt that you have a good benefits package. As I recall, you were in the public sector and at least up here in Minnesota they generally have pretty good benefit packages. I'm glad you get lots of days off, and that you can carry a lot of them over.

      What I am saying is that there is nothing that prevents an employer using my plan, of a single category of pto, from doing the same thing. My argument has nothing to do with how many days off you get, or how many you can carry over. My entire argument has been that it's silly to divide them up into things like sick time and vacation time, and only allow days in those categories to be used for that specific reason. Group them all together and use them for any reason.
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      • fwiw I get 240 hours of PTO to use however way I wish - VL, SL, LOA, etc. We also can earn an additional 80 hours of "CTO" by way of working on a holiday. These hours can also be used however I choose.

        Up to 160 hours of unused PTO gets paid back in February as taxable income. We do not pay for this so this in essence becomes a bonus separate from quarterly and EOY incentive bonuses I can earn.

        The company is not as generous to our employees in the U.S., but I forget the differences as it's been 8 years.

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        • My company’s plan is quite ****- big combined time off bucket. But we can only carry over 40 hours. And of course banked time isn’t paid out when you leave.

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          • Ugh. Carryover rules stink. Ours let’s you accrue 2x your annual allotment, no artificial date cutoffs. Once you hit 2x, you stop accruing, no payout. If you haven’t taken a vacation in 2 years, you deserve to lose it, in my opinion….
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            • When my company got bought out a few years ago we switched to a 0 carryover PTO plan, which is especially terrible during a pandemic. Everyone has to hold on to their time in case they get sick, but then everyone wants to use it at the end of the year because of "use it or lose it". No payout for unused time, no carryover. I despise it and think it's terrible for business. I get not wanting people to bank up months of time, but everywhere I've worked until now at least allowed for 40 hours of carryover.

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              • At the old firm we earned PTO based on seniority and we were allowed up to 160 hours of carryover each year, but any surplus was only paid out upon separation if you lived in CA (where state law says they are required to pay it out). So naturally a lot of resignations, including my own, were filed and announced shortly after the employee had returned from a vacation.

                Current firm does the "unlimited" PTO thing, just like the first company I worked for after college. Of course it isn't really unlimited, and the way quarterly bonuses are structured you have, at most, probably one week per quarter - whether it's sick, vacation, personal, etc. - if you hope to hit the billable hours threshold (85%+ billable) required to be eligible for a bonus.

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                • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
                  At the old firm we earned PTO based on seniority and we were allowed up to 160 hours of carryover each year, but any surplus was only paid out upon separation if you lived in CA (where state law says they are required to pay it out). So naturally a lot of resignations, including my own, were filed and announced shortly after the employee had returned from a vacation.

                  Current firm does the "unlimited" PTO thing, just like the first company I worked for after college. Of course it isn't really unlimited, and the way quarterly bonuses are structured you have, at most, probably one week per quarter - whether it's sick, vacation, personal, etc. - if you hope to hit the billable hours threshold (85%+ billable) required to be eligible for a bonus.
                  Let me ask you a question. Do you guys go to bed at night and try to come up with ways to assist your employer to fuck you over? Because it seems like it.

                  I get the psychology of building up, and carrying over indefinitely, the 160 hours of PTO. But you do realize you just made an interest free loan to your employer, right?

                  Let's say you make $25/hr. If you carry over just one hour of your time, instead of having your employer pay it to you, you just made the employer an interest free loan of $25.91, counting what the employer would have to pay for the additional payroll tax when you get paid.

                  Let's say your employer employs just 100 people, and each of those people hold 160 hours of PTO in their PTO bank, and the employees are paid an average of $25/hr. That's $430,600 the employer has received in an interest free loan from its employees.

                  For an employer with 500 employees, the loan amount would be $2,153,000. For a company like 3M, with 95,000 employees, it would be a $409 million loan. For Wells Fargo, with 268,000 employees, it would be an interest free loan (to a bank, no less) of $1.154 billion.

                  Why do you earn money from your employer, then tell them to just pay you later? As an employer, I thank you for that, but...
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                  • I personally never carried over that much PTO. The people who did that were usually India folks working in the US who would bank their time to go home for an entire month every couple of years. My point was that I (and many other people) just made damn sure I squeezed out all the PTO I did have before I resigned, knowing it wouldn't be paid out.

                    I took my vacation time regularly and also always made sure to use my floating holiday, which was "use it or lose it" every year.
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                    • Originally posted by SJHovey View Post

                      Let me ask you a question. Do you guys go to bed at night and try to come up with ways to assist your employer to fuck you over? Because it seems like it.

                      I get the psychology of building up, and carrying over indefinitely, the 160 hours of PTO. But you do realize you just made an interest free loan to your employer, right?

                      Let's say you make $25/hr. If you carry over just one hour of your time, instead of having your employer pay it to you, you just made the employer an interest free loan of $25.91, counting what the employer would have to pay for the additional payroll tax when you get paid.

                      Let's say your employer employs just 100 people, and each of those people hold 160 hours of PTO in their PTO bank, and the employees are paid an average of $25/hr. That's $430,600 the employer has received in an interest free loan from its employees.

                      For an employer with 500 employees, the loan amount would be $2,153,000. For a company like 3M, with 95,000 employees, it would be a $409 million loan. For Wells Fargo, with 268,000 employees, it would be an interest free loan (to a bank, no less) of $1.154 billion.

                      Why do you earn money from your employer, then tell them to just pay you later? As an employer, I thank you for that, but...
                      Because unexpected **** happens and it's good to have some reserve? Because soneone may want to take a mental health day in December and not want to worry about being out of leave time?

                      Do you not buy insurance because it's just a loan that you may never collect on?

                      I mean, Jesus, first the argument is people need to plan ahead and they're stupid for not saving time off for the end of the year. Now it's how dare you plan ahead and you're stupid for doing so?

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                      • Originally posted by unofan View Post

                        Because unexpected **** happens and it's good to have some reserve? Because soneone may want to take a mental health day in December and not want to worry about being out of leave time?

                        Do you not buy insurance because it's just a loan that you may never collect on?

                        I mean, Jesus, first the argument is people need to plan ahead and they're stupid for not saving time off for the end of the year. Now it's how dare you plan ahead and you're stupid for doing so?
                        Yeah, I guess it's not like there is a third option where you take the money, then set it aside as a reserve in case something unexpected happens.
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                        • Originally posted by SJHovey View Post

                          Yeah, I guess it's not like there is a third option where you take the money, then set it aside as a reserve in case something unexpected happens.
                          I'm not understanding this suggestion. How does one "take PTO" over and above one's gross salary?

                          If use 8 hours of PTO my gross for that pay period is the exact same as if I had taken 0 hours.

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                          • Originally posted by SJHovey View Post

                            Yeah, I guess it's not like there is a third option where you take the money, then set it aside as a reserve in case something unexpected happens.
                            what the fuck does this even mean? They're talking not burning through all your paid time off in case you need to take some time off for an unforeseen event.

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                            • We can carry over up to 40 hours, but those hours must then be used by March 15 or the remaining hours are forfeited. With being short-staffed for most of the year, there were limitations on how many of us could be on PTO at a given time. We were all scheduling weird mid-week days at the end of the year just to get under that forty-hour limit.
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                              • Originally posted by Slap Shot View Post

                                I'm not understanding this suggestion. How does one "take PTO" over and above one's gross salary?

                                If use 8 hours of PTO my gross for that pay period is the exact same as if I had taken 0 hours.
                                I'm referring to instances where you can carry over PTO and get paid out for it later. If your employer doesn't allow you do do that, then it wouldn't apply.
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