How to easily calculate days off when a worker goes on vacation in the middle of the week.

How to calculate days off when your holiday starts in the middle of the week

Calculate days off easily!

“How to calculate days off correctly?” was a recently asked question from a Lanzarote business owner. He tells me that a worker from his company returned from her 7-day vacation on Thursday and wanted to take Saturday and Sunday as days off.

So how do you calculate days off when your holiday starts in the middle of the week? Before analyzing the case, we have to specify that the worker has days off on a rotating basis.

We are going to propose two possibilities:

  1. The worker usually takes off on Saturday and Sunday.

She takes vacation on Thursday, 14/09 and returns from vacation on Thursday, 21/09. In this case, she DOES have the right to enjoy her usual days off: Saturday and Sunday. But this also means that having gone on vacation on Thursday the 14th, she will have “lost” the days off on September 16 and 17. Checking for the period of dates from 11/09 to 24/09 (two weeks), the worker has had 7 days of vacation (14/09-20/09), 5 work days (11,12,13, 21 and 22) and 2 days off (23 and 24).

  1. The worker does not usually take off on Saturdays and Sundays.

Following the same example, we must calculate how many vacation days correspond during these two weeks. Assuming that 5 working days correspond to 2 days off, for the week of 11/09 there would be 1.2 days off (5/2×3=1,2 d). In the same way we would calculate the days off that correspond to her for the week that begins 18/09 (in this week she works 2 days) and 0,8 days off (5/2×2). Checking our calculation, we have: 7 days of vacation (14/09-20/09), 5 work days and 2 days off (1.2+0.8). If there are no fixed days, the weekly break could be any day.

Summarizing the case, the worker would have the right to request days off on Saturday and Sunday (23rd and 24th), only if she takes them off regularly or if she has not taken any days off during the week she went on vacation.

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