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I have court ordered papers
stating I have to take my son 1200
miles every Christmas break and
every summer to visit his dad. I
have to take time off work in
order to do so. My new manager
told me she needed a copy of my
personal legal documents to keep
on file. Can she legally make me
give her my personal information?
I live in North Dakota.

Asked on November 20, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, North Dakota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, she can do this. The law does NOT give employees the right to miss work because of custody arrangements--that is your concern, not the employer's issue. Since they do not simply have to give you this time, if they are choosing to allow you to have it, they may put restrictions on doing so, such as having a copy of your legal papers. 
(The exception to the above would be if you have sufficent earned/accrued PTO for the absences and use that PTO for them--if you are using earned vacation time otherwise in accordance with company policy [e.g. if there is a policy about how much notice of vacation you must provide, you are complying with it] then what, where, and why you are going is not your employer's concern. It's only their concern if you are are asking for any non-PTO time.)


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