Employers are not required by law to provide employees with paid vacation; it is a non-mandatory benefit. However, once an employer elects to provide paid vacation to its employees, there are some important guidelines that must be followed. Provided below is an overview of some of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to providing vacation benefits.

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Emergency exits that are blocked (e.g., by boxes, stored items) or locked is a serious safety violation and can result in very costly fines and penalties. Case in point: Dollar Tree got slapped with a $129,000 fine by OSHA for having locked its emergency doors at a Texas store during working hours. Dollar Tree has also been hit with six figure citations for blocking emergency exits with boxes and other supplies.

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