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Paul Cowie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding when to work and when to play.  Being at the center of innovation, many Silicon Valley companies have been early adopters, including Netflix, Evernote and Quirky.  We are now seeing more traditional companies also jump on the bandwagon and follow the lead of Silicon Valley and offer unlimited paid vacation.  While there are many articles arguing the pros and cons of such policies and who they really benefit, what are the legal implications in deciding whether a “flexible” time off policy is the right choice for your company?
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