Vacation time offered?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by All-American82, Nov 18, 2019.

  1. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    No power steering is easy. Try a two stick tranny.
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  3. mitmaks

    mitmaks Road Train Member

    May 16, 2014
    I'd work for company that pays above the rest and treats me with respect. If they pay me well enough for ALL miles I drive then I can afford to save for vacation myself
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  4. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    Your not in the free world toe toe
  5. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    I’m not trying to be a smart Alec here but we are talking about the trucking industry which is notorious for trying to rip drivers off out of vacation pay. Lol furthermore they don’t even follow federal laws pertaining to what’s a full-time versus part-time employee when it comes to vacation pay. Now vacation pay itself is not mandated by the federal government or labor laws. But contracts and agreements amongst employees and employers are. If they promise you vacation pay they #### well better pay up. And not try to use some technical, technicality to get out of paying you. Which actually happened to me. That’s why I bring this up.
  6. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    I love my company, I still keep them honest. As soon as my vacation pay is available I cash it out. Off sheet of paper filled out and it’s on my next pay check. Can’t screw me out of something that’s in my bank account.
  7. rockeee

    rockeee Light Load Member

    Apr 22, 2015
    Kalama, Wa
    No. Every company is different.
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  8. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Companies are not obligated to convert vacation days into money, even if some of them choose to do it. "Use it or lose it" is an option for vacation days. Contracts between company drivers and companies are pretty rare outside of unionized companies
  9. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Road Train Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    I worked for a company several years ago. Got hired on as a part-time employee but that never happened. They were calling me on my days off, begging me to come in and work extra hours. For a year I worked between 40 and 70 hours a week. I just basically spaced out the fact that I was still technically on paper a “part-time employee“ I went in and changed this. Became officially a full-time employee. Was told by supervisors that I would still get my vacation pay for that first year worked. “You worked more than most of our full-time employees do”. Six more months went by and I requested my vacation pay and I was denied. I was told it was because I had worked the first year part time. I recited labor laws. It is their obligation to maintain and under 30 per hour work week for me to still be considered a part-time employee. If I go over that for any reason federal law dictates that I am in fact a full-time employee. Didn’t matter. they refused to pay it.
    this is why when you work for most companies they will flat out make you go home before you go over 30 hours per week. If they don’t? You are entitled to whatever full-time benefits any and all other employees would get. I’ll think about this from a commonsense perspective. If that law didn’t exist we’d all be “part-time employees“. Heck good ole Joe worked 83 hours this week but we still consider him part time and we don’t have to give him any benefits. Lol

    I quit that company and I told my boss to his face why I was quitting because he was a lying crook. And let me tell you it felt good to walk out that door.
  10. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Pinellas county Florida
    Unless it's government contract work. The Service Contract Act says any vacation time not used by your anniversary must be paid out. If you quit or get fired, any unused vacation has to be paid out.

    DRTDEVL Road Train Member

    Jan 27, 2013
    Austin, MN
    Vacation is a funny thing.

    PRO TIP (from the recruiting office): It *is* negotiable. If you currently are getting 3 weeks from your employer, don't hesitate to ask a potential employer about matching it. It is one of the few things actually negotiable in hiring a driver these days. A company would be foolish to not match your current vacation package at risk of not hiring a highly-qualified and experienced driver... 2 weeks extra vacation pay per year is less than the expense of recruiting another driver.
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