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Double Standard on Two-Week Vacations

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We are a national bank. We have a policy that all employees take a consecutive two-week vacation. This imposes a hardship on some departments and employees and we end up with waivers from those not empowered to do so. What can we do?
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It is a recommendation and not a requirement. Often the two week rule is more relaxed for new employees who do not have two weeks or that is all they have. Those in more sensitive areas may not get any special consideration, however. You can also move them to a different job, and cross-train them during this period. It accomplishes the same thing.

As to the specific question, bring up the policy for review and ask about approved exceptions and simply point out that some instances of policy violations are occurring and increasing the risk this was meant to mitigate. Recommend that to avoid criticism, they change the policy or the practice.

First published on BankersOnline.com 2/7/05

First published on 02/07/2005

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