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Carry-over of vacation leave (Federal Government)

Feb 24, 2011

It has been brought to our attention that members in the Department of National Defence (DND) have been receiving memos from base level management instructing them on procedures regarding liquidation and carryover of vacation.

These instruction may lead you to conclude that :

  • Carryover of vacation is not an entitlement under the terms of the collective agreement, and/or
  • Carry over must be applied for and approved.

Both of these conclusions are inaccurate.  Article 17 entitles you to carry-over up to a maximum of 35 days of annual leave credits into the following vacation year. Management approval is not required.

We’ve brought this situation and the memo to the attention of DND Human Resources and Labour Relations.   We hope the department will remind their managers of your rights under our collective agreements.

If this remains an issue in your workplace we urge you to contact your Shop Steward for further assistance.

In Solidarity,

Paul Cameron
Assistant Business Manager