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Earning and Use of the Vacation

Viimati uuendatud: 15.10.2019


The annual vacation is given for the time worked. The vacation must be used during a calendar year – thus, the period for vacation calculation is one calendar year (from January 1st until December 31st). The employer is not prohibited to give vacation in advance. For instance, an employee could have the entire annual vacation in summer.

The annual vacation is given for the time worked, incapacity for work, vacation, time when the representative of employees represents employees on circumstances provided by law or the collective agreement, and for other time that the parties have agreed on. The employee does not earn vacation days on the account of child care leave and unpaid leave, but the duration of other vacations (e.g. annual vacation, parental leave, academic leave) shall be taken into the future vacations’ calculations.

On the first year of employment, the employee is entitled for a vacation after working at least six months for the employer. In this case, the vacation duration corresponds to the length of employment. For instance, if a person is employed since the beginning of October, three months (October-December) contribute to the vacation balance, but if the parties agree, the earned days can already be used.

On the parties’ mutual agreement, the annual vacation may be divided into parts. In this case, at least one part of the vacation must last for at least 14 consecutive calendar days. The employer is obliged to refuse a vacation shorter than 7 days. If the employee wishes to use their vacation by 5 days, it is considered as artificial extension and this is not allowed.

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