Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: I've been with my current employer for over 3 years. When it came to booking holidays we could usually book anytime throughout the year providing there was enough cover. Now our employer has put up a notice to say we have to have all our holiday dates booked off on the calendar and handed to my manager for approval by the end of January. Can they do that? Thank You


A: The employer has the right to allow or disallow holiday requests; most employers will try to balance the personal preferences of employees with the needs of the business. 

There is nothing technically wrong with what your employer is doing except it appears to be inflexible. 

Perhaps suggest that a scheme would exist whereby you would commit to half your holiday time in Jan and give 3 months notice of other holiday requests.