Can vacation time be denied after it was already approved?
I had requested my vacation time in the beginning of the year and it was excepted by my old manager. I purchased my vacation package in February and now my company is saying they will not be allowing any vacations in May or in June. I am going in June and told my new manager about the problem and she said that there is nothing they can do. Can they do that? I cannot get a refund or change my package.
While most employees believe that they have the right to use any banked or unused time whenever they please; this simply is not the case. For example, it is perfectly permissable for an employer to deny requests to use vacation time; or renege on approval already given as in your situation (conversely, an employer can mandate when and how such time is to be used). The reason for this is that neither federal law nor the laws of most states mandate that vacation time even be offered to employees. Therefore, to the extent that private-sector employers decide to adopt vacation policies is a discretionary. As a result, private-sector employers can design and implement their policies in almost any way they see fit. Absent a company policy contrary to this or a union/employment contract that governs this situation, your employer can disallow previously agreed to vacation time. You can put in a brief call to a local attorney to confirm all of this under your specific state law.