Can an employer make you take your paid vacation at a certain time?

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Can an employer make you take your paid vacation at a certain time?

My employer is trying to make me take my vacation at a certain time that I dont want to take. I have a wedding coming up and they wont allow me to use my paid vacation for it.

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The fact is that employees typically see vacation as a mandatory benefit of their employment. They mistakenly believe that it it theirs to take as they choose. However, as a general rule, there is no law mandating that vacation time be given; it is up to the discretion of each employer. 

Therefore, since this is a voluntary benefit, your employer can tell you when and how much to take; it can even refuse to let you take it all. So unless you have a union agreement, employment contract or company that provides otherwise (or if you believe yourself to be a victim of discrimination), as an at-will employee your are subject to your employer's terms and conditions.


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