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Company Wins Case|On Vacation Time

(CN) - The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled for an employer in a class-action brought by employees who objected to a change in the Featherlite company's vacation policy.

On his six-year anniversary with Featherlite, Bruce Ishman had 160 hours of vacation time and 24 hours of sick time.

At the beginning of 2005, the company changed its policy, basing accumulations on the first day of the year rather than on employees' individual anniversaries.

Ishman protested the formula Featherlite used to determine how much vacation time would carry over from 2004. The company subtracted the number of hours an employee used in the latter half of the year (since the anniversary) from the hours he accrued during that time.

The trial court dismissed, and Judge Vaitheswaran affirmed, noting that Ishman began accruing a new batch of vacation and sick time on the first day of the new year.

"These ... facts establish as a matter of law that Ishman suffered no loss," the judge wrote, "and that Featherlite did not intentionally fail to pay him wages."

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