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Time off for the dentist

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 6:39 pm
by maccy_p

Re: Time off for the dentist

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:02 am
by Ticktock
The short answer is yes if that is in your terms and conditions. You say that you were allowed to do this previously so I would be digging around your leave policy to see what has changed. Also if you have union representation ask them as this will have likely come up before.

Whether it is right morally or even sensible is another matter...

Re: Time off for the dentist

Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:50 am
by ILoveChristmas
Something doesn't add up and I wonder if there's some confusion over what you were refused.

Your employer is perfectly entitled to refuse your holiday request provided he has a valid reason for doing so, e.g. it's very short notice, or your team is working under a tight deadline, and words to that effect are almost certainly in your contract.

However, the reason you want to take a holiday is none of your employer's business. I have never experienced or heard of any employer basing their decision of whether to grant leave or not based on your planned use of the time.

Provided you have the time left in your yearly holiday allowance I would ask him for an explanation as to why you have been refused your holiday request. You may find that there is a good reason for it and you've simply misunderstood him. If he is genuinely refusing based on your needing to visit the dentist I would advise him that you plan on taking the matter further, then approach whoever is above him in the company and if need be raise a grievance.