Q If a company provides both personal and vacation days for its employees and does not define what a personal day is, can that be used for anything outside of vacation time? —E.H., Utah
A. Under most circumstances, employers can require an employee to use another form of applicable leave even if the employee requests the time off as a personal day. This may be true even if the purpose and use of personal days is not well defined, as long as there's a more appropriate category of leave.
Many employers, for instance, don't let employees use personal days to extend scheduled vacations, to help ensure that they have some time off available for other circumstances, like a family illness. Try to make employees aware of any restrictions.