Q: Can an employer require you to give a reason when requesting a day off?
A new manager put in place a rule that if you are asking for time off you must provide a reason for that request. If the reason isn't good enough, you are denied your request. The request sheet is left out so that anyone can see your request.
A: Yes. Since paid time off is not required by law, employers have a lot of discretion to define the terms of when and how employees can use it. If you don't want your requests to be seen by others, you can ask to mark the days you'd like off on the sheet and separately email or message your supervisor the reason(s) for your request.
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