Employer Vacation Policy

If your business experiences regularly occurring vacation periods, you may be able to avoid paying for UI benefits during that time. 

An individual is ineligible for benefits in the following situations:

  1. No individual may be considered unemployed in any week that DEW finds that his unemployment is due to a vacation week.
  2. No individual is eligible to receive benefits or waiting week credit for any week during which he is unemployed due to a vacation shutdown when:
    • A written contract between employer and employees specifically provides a vacation period without pay, not to exceed two weeks per calendar year.
    • The individual was notified at the time of employment of the employer’s vacation policy providing for a vacation layoff without pay, not to exceed two weeks per calendar year.
    • The individual was employed at the beginning and the end of the vacation period.

To have a vacation policy approved, submit a letter to the address below.

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
Benefit Department Director
P. O. Box 1477
Columbia, SC 29202

Your letter must outline your policy in regard to the vacation dates and how you notify employees. Submit any modifications to a previously approved vacation policy at least 30 days prior to the scheduled vacation period.

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