I can't take my vacation, why?

United States
December 11, 2012 7:37pm CST
That just not fair, because when I asked my supervisor about the vacation toward the end of the year. The answer he gave me wasn't direct, he told me that he has to ask his boss whether I can take my vacation within this month, because the upper level managers expected us to stay put, and focus on the new product, so no one is gonna take vacation, even though we still have a few days. That including my boss too with no exception. Oh My God, with the new president on board, and the new policy he is adopting, it seems every one of us were tense. I mean the our benefit for the whole year is vacation and hopefully the company doing well, we can get some bonus for each of us on the beginning of next year too. Now, if we don't take our vacation, it is just gone. There is no roll - over according to the benefit package. That just not fair, what do you think?
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13 responses
@eion215 (26)
• Philippines
15 Jan 13
We have in the Labor Code that all employees who rendered at least one year of service be given Service Incentive Leave for five days with pay. You can file a complain with the proper government agency about that. The company cannot just make policies that they want without complying to the Labor Standards. Your boss should give you the vacation because you are really entitled to it. It would be even helpful for you to take your leave because you will be relieved from stress which may lead to better performance when you go back to work.
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@Janurmas (645)
• Indonesia
14 Jan 13
I think if it is the right decision for a better company, it doesn't mean that the decision is wrong. Because, there is no a company owner willing to get loss because of loss customers. But you as employees also have the right to be paid extra bonus if your vacation become working days. The company should have a more rewarding for you if you are made for work in your vacation. I think the company is not far.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
18 Dec 12
I think that is unfair. It borders on human rights violation. If it is there in your contract, then the best they can do is request you to forgo it. If you decide not to forgo it, they cannot force. If they do that, then they are entitled to you pay you additional for the days that get lapsed due to that. Which country do you work in? Cheers! Ram
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@TeamCholent (2843)
• United States
18 Dec 12
What often happens at a company is that if vacation time doesn't roll over you would be allowed to be paid out for the days(kind alike a bonus) but I am not 100% sure how it works by you.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
Well, you certainly are entitled to a vacation. But then of course, you have to consider the company. Sometimes there are conditions that we have to sacrifice for the benefit of our company which actually provides us with income. Thor the benefit of both, we have certain laws that provide extra compensation for working on holidays and special occasions, this include overtime pay, bonuses and more. Sued you not be receiving that, then that's a different story, and you should complain so you get what is due... Well, I do hope that you will be able to get a vacation. To much work and no play is not good for our body.
• China
12 Dec 12
don't worry, all the things will come to an end. maybe things will be better in the coming future. just accept in now and get back to work normally. maybe a big suprise is waiting for you around the cornor.
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
Oh, you deserve to have a vacation. I guess you waited for it this end of the year. I hope they will consider it even if you are under a new management. You only changed the president but not the benefits, right?
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• China
12 Dec 12
Well due to all your workmate can not have the vacation,then I think you might be accepted this,but I still think that your boss will give all you guys the vacation when Christmas is around,pls just have a little faith.
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@Paper_Doll (2375)
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
Some companies are like that. They require their employees to render overtime, work on nightshift and during Holidays. Here in our company, we are allowed to have a vacation late this month. But since I have been absent for many days early this year, I volunteered to be a skeletal force during those days that they aren't here just to attend customers's calls and queries. But my husband and I planned that he will going to accompany me during those days. I think that everyone deserve a break especially this month since worker do not have this so called semestral breaks or summer vacation. We deserve to at least have a week or two to rest before another year starts. But in the case of your company, I think that it is something important but they should promise that after the success of your new product, employees should be allowed to go on vacation.
@galileo2008 (1147)
• Philippines
12 Dec 12
That's just unfair. Every employee has the right to take his/her vacation. It's one if the benefits that the company should give to their employees. It's the same with what I have experienced from my previous job, like we were asked for a reason why we need to take a vacation. I was so disappointed! What's the point of getting leave credits when we can't even use them? That's why it's called a "leave", be it vacation or sick leave. It was so disgusting that I quit my job due to other reasons.
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• United States
12 Dec 12
I'm pretty sure if you're entitled to it, they at least have to pay you for it. It depends on the company's policy on vacations. I hope you get your vacation because everyone deserves it after working for so long. There are quite a few companies though, that do not like you taking vacation at this time of the year. Good luck to you!
@Hatley (164469)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Jan 13
hi kingparker it is not fair and I wo uld wait and if you get no answer ask again as he said he had to ask his boss and make it clear you want it this month. Seems like they have to give you this vacation as its due you so hang in there.
@inertia4 (27775)
• United States
19 Dec 12
No, it's not fair. But what you can do is go to your boss and explain it to him as you said here. That the vacation does not roll over and that if you don't take it you will lose it. Then ask him if you skip your vacation like they want you to do, will you be able to take that time at a later date.