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Handling Summer Vacation Requests

Jun 09, 2014

Summer is generally a busy time of year for vacation requests. Employees want to take advantage of the good weather, and kids are out of school – allowing time for families to take summer vacations together.

It might not always be possible for employers to grant specific vacation dates requested, especially if employees request the same time frames or if the requests overlap. Production schedules and coverage needs may conflict with dates that employees need.

Employers can set policies regarding when vacations can be taken and for how long. For instance, if an employer knows that August is a busy month for completing and shipping products, the employer’s vacation policy could state that vacation requests will not be approved for August, absent extenuating circumstances.

You can also require advance notice of vacation and supervisory approval of any vacation requests.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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