The last proper job I had, many years ago, lower level staff could take the one week they were entitled to by law, unpaid, but it was frowned upon. Basically you were considered a disloyal employee if you insisted on it. Management was entitled to one week paid vacation, and that was usually accepted in the spirit of "look how good we are to you!"
"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day Daily #459 P1
I take my vacation time.
"If you can't annoy somebody with what you write, I think there's little point in writing."-- Kingsley Amis, British novelist, 1971 t .
DH has a fixed number of vacation days (weeks) a year, i can only think of one straight week he takes.
When I started working at this company, we were able to roll over vacation, and I always rolled the maximum number of days.
DH gets 5 weeks.