Richard Saunders, director of benefits and payroll at the University of Iowa -- the area's largest employer -- said although a running total on unused vacation time is not kept, in June about 1,000 of UI's 13,000 employees who are eligible for vacation were at their "maximum accruals."
In other words, those employees could potentially lose vacation time because they can't earn any more vacation hours.
"So if anyone would be losing time, it would be these people," Saunders
said."But it doesn't give you a true picture because they could be taking what they get each month so it keeps them even."Saunders
said UI employees are encouraged to use their vacation time, though with cell phones, wireless laptops and other technology, it's not always easy to escape the job.
"It's important to get away and just refresh yourself," Saunders
said."It's important for people to get away when they can for their health and their mental well-being."
Stanton, who gets about five weeks of vacation a year, said he
does use part of his
vacation for short trips or to do work around the house.Although the weather is hot and the days are long at the fair, Stanton said it's well worth spending a week of vacation to volunteer there.
"This is one week that I set aside not only for the kids, but I enjoy doing it," he