Annual leave | Employee refused time off to attend OWN wedding

Employee refused time off to attend OWN wedding

Annual leave is an important part of every employee’s work experience. Whether this time is spent going on holiday, relaxing in the back garden or getting married, employees are able to use their annual leave as they please. However, an employee was refused time off to attend her own wedding, despite previously having it approved.

The bride-to-be took to Mumsnet to explain that she had started a new job and cleared the dates of her upcoming wedding and honeymoon with HR. However, her manager later told her that she couldn’t have the time off to attend her own wedding as it clashed with her own annual leave. The manager suggested that the employee rescheduled her wedding.

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Comments (5)

  • Manager
    Wed, 11 Sep 2019 5:10pm BST
    Unfortunately you fail to appreciate the point being made by Sir, and in my view you represent a common issue with HR departments, i.e. the failure to communicate with management.
    We have no idea of the operational demands that may have to be managed in this situation and for any hr manager to assume, well we know what Ass U Me makes!!
    That said, to deny leave in this situation is ridiculous as the problem is not the making of the employee but (it appears) the failure of hr to check with management if this is acceptable.
  • HR
    Sun, 8 Sep 2019 10:11am BST
    To him, calling himself Sir. Any good company would honour just about every pre planned holiday never mind a wedding! It's planned, therefor a Manager can plan to cover. If it was sick, they would have to cover it or at least try. Could you imagine if this was say your daughter? Your comment Sir, is ridiculous. And the Manager is ridiculous. If HR allow this Manager to cancel her plans, which wedding plans tend to be long term plans, then they have no back bone. I Sir, work in HR and thank goodness do not come up with narrow minded people like this or you!
  • Charles Campbell
    Charles Campbell
    Sun, 8 Sep 2019 8:36am BST
    Like most employments only a certain amount of people are allowed to be off at one time, unless you have one of those jobs where the whole plant closes down for two weeks to retool. That's why every job I have ever had it was the supervisor not HR that approves vacation time.
  • Bydand67
    Sat, 7 Sep 2019 10:10am BST
    HR represents the company at a strategic level, manager represents them at an operational level. The lady took the position on the basis of the strategic managements confirmation that her leave would be honoured. Setting aside the basic issue of any manager asking someone to rearrange their wedding at short notice shows very poor management/judgement, if they persisted with their position I would think that the lady in question would have a very good case for legal a t IP n in the civil courts, following which she should find a job with a more worker friendly organisation.
  • Sir
    Fri, 6 Sep 2019 1:25pm BST
    The real problem here is HR agreeing to the annual leave without reference to the line manager.
    HR in an ivory tower is never pretty.
    If it had been clear from the outset that annual leave at that time would not be possible then our bride-to-be could have made a rational and considered decision about the job as a whole.