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Can we require time off as theft-Prevention measure?

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Q. As a theft-prevention measure, we require all employees with check-signatory power to take a 40-hour work period off every year. Can we require those employees to use accrued leave, such as vacation? Or, do we have to give them an extra paid week off? — P.B., Oklahoma

In general, employers may require employees to use accrued leave time in such a circumstance, although employees will be more likely to view such a requirement as fair if they’re able to choose the week in which the time off is taken. Finally, employers should check with their state’s laws and/or consult with counsel to make sure their states don’t prohibit such a requirement.

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