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Harried Holidays: Managing Time Off Requests And Scheduling Needs

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The last six weeks of the year include a handful of holidays for which employees clamor for time off.  While some of these holidays are tradi­tionally offered as a paid day off, no employer's list of company holidays can possibly cover all of the days its employees might want; for some, the nature of their business requires that they remain open on popular holidays.  As the holidays approach, be prepared to manage time off requests.


A Time Off Request...

When an employee asks to take off on a holiday that is not a company-paid holiday, the first thing you need to do is determine whether it is a religious holiday.  If it is, you must explore whether granting the day off is a reason­able accommodation.


It is not reasonable if granting the day off would create an undue hardship (i.e., more than a minimal cost to the facility or minor disruption to opera­tions).  If giving the employee the day off does result in ...(register to read more)

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