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​​5.8.3 Vacation​​

Vacation is important to enable employees to relax and regain energy. Employees should not be required or expected to stay in touch with their worksite while they are on vacation. Employees should not be checking their cell phones or voicemails for work-related matters during their time off.

Paid vacation accrual is determined by each location; however, in the interest of fairness and consistency, locations should implement a vacation policy. See the ​Vacation section in Time Off Guidelines​​​​ (HR intranet; username and password re​quired)​​.

Personal time off or paid time off (PTO) is considered to be the same as vacation and may not be provided on a "use it or lose it" basis; unused PTO must be paid out when employment terminates. Therefore, PTO plans are discouraged because they do not correctly account for sick and vacation time off as legally required.​