I have requested a vacation day on a day where our company is having an employee appreciation day at a restaurant. Can they deny my vacation request to go to this function? I have earned the vacation time.

Rita Risser Chai replies:

I personally hate these types of employee appreciation days. If an employer wants to appreciate employees, I think they should give employees time off to do what they want! OK, sorry, end of rant. An employer can put limits on the use of vacation. It is not uncommon for employers to prohibit vacation during busy times of the year, before or after holidays, etc. In this situation, if they want to be jerks, it is probably legal for them to do this. Sorry.

Posted 06-19-2018

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