If I don’t produce an excuse for my absence from work can I be terminated from my employment even iI have vacation days?

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If I don’t produce an excuse for my absence from work can I be terminated from my employment even iI have vacation days?

Asked on February 16, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

1) If you don't have an employment contract (including a union agreement) protecting your employment or limiting the grounds for termination, you may be fired for any reason, including being out without what the employer, in its sole discretion, deems an acceptable reason.

2) As to vacation days: this depends on your employer's policy about vacation days. If, like most employers, it requires that vacation days be scheduled and approved in advance, then you could not use them after the fact to cover for an absence. Only if the employer's demonstrable policy has been to let people take or use days without prior approval or scheduling would you seem to have some basis for using a vacation day for the absence and not being terminated.


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