Blue Mondays? Thwart Attempt at 3-Day Weekends

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Q. How can we handle an employee who routinely uses vacation and sick time on Mondays? —D.M., Ohio

A. When an employee has a pattern of abusing sick leave to create three-day weekends, require a doctor's note. If the employee fails to produce a doctor's note, start using progressive discipline.

Regarding vacation, you have the right to deny any request for vacation time that interferes with your operations. To avoid being hit with a discrimination charge, you must treat all employees evenhandedly when granting or denying vacation requests. One way to do this is to dole out vacation time on the basis of seniority.

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