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Help! My vacation request has been declined

March 15 2023

Vacation is a wonderful prospect. To get time off, you must submit a vacation request to your employer. It is often accepted. But it also sometimes happens that your employer does not agree. You can, but not just like that. In which cases is your employer allowed to say 'no', and what is the best thing to do? You can read it in this blog.

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1. 'No' if that is better for the company

Your employer may refuse your vacation application if there are serious reasons. For example, if your absence seriously disrupts business operations, because many other colleagues are away during the same period. He must explain why he is refusing your application. This gives you the opportunity to start the conversation and find an alternative. For example, he may be able to approve your application if you take a week off earlier or later.

For the same reason, your employer may also change an approved holiday. He must first discuss this with you. He must also compensate any damage, such as the cancellation costs for your booked holiday.

Does your employer refuse your vacation request, and you don't know what to or can do? Contact our legal advisors!

2 'No' if so stated in additional rules

Many organizations specify how you should request a holiday, for example in your employment contract, collective labor agreement or company regulations. In addition, sometimes periods have been agreed for which you are not allowed to request a holiday. It is good to know these rules and procedures, because they can also be a reason why your employer refuses your holiday application.

3 'No' if you don't have enough days
Your employer may also refuse your vacation if you have too few vacation days. It is therefore good to know how many days off you have each year. You are in any case entitled to the statutory number, but you often get more: the extra-statutory vacation days.

Response time from your employer

Your employer is legally obliged to respond to your vacation request within two weeks. Have you not heard anything after that period? Then you can assume that your application has been approved.

Questions about your vacation days?

Has your employer refused your holiday request, and you don't know what to do? Or do you have another question about your holidays that you would like an expert answer to? Let our experts know! They are available every working day from 8.30:17.00 am to XNUMX:XNUMX pm via en 0345 851 963.


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