What happens if I have more than one year of accrued vacation time on or after January 1, 2022?
At the end of FY20, the university is provided 18 months’ notice for this change to ensure that staff have ample opportunity to use their vacation time to get excess balances below the new maximum accrual level before the policy change goes into effect. Staff vacation is accrued on a monthly basis. On or after January 1, 2022, staff with accrued vacation time that equals or exceeds one year will not earn the monthly accrual for each month where they equal/exceed the maximum accrual. They will not accrue again until they bring their balances below the maximum accrual level by using their vacation time. The monthly accrual rate will not change.
Here are two examples of how this will work:
Example 1: A full-time exempt staff member has worked at Tufts for 10 years and has a total of 145 vacation hours as of January 2022. The staff member will not accrue vacation in January because their balance is greater than 140 hours, which is their vacation accrual maximum. This staff member then uses 35 hours of vacation in February and their balance decreases to 110 hours. They then will accrue vacation time (11.67 hours) again beginning in February.
Example 2: A full-time staff, 40 hour/week non-exempt member with 10 years of service has 115 vacation hours as of January 15, 2022 and this person's maximum accrual is 120 hours. This staff member will accrue 5 hours in January (a partial accrual instead of the full 10 hours) to bring their balance to up to the vacation maximum of 120 hours. This staff member then uses 40 hours of vacation in February and their balance decreases to 80 hours. They then will accrue vacation time (10 hours) again beginning in February 15.