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Old 11-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #1
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Need to vent... My heart is breaking

So you can see by my ticker that we are supposed to leave in a week. Monday, DH's boss told everyone that there would be no more vacation this year and the week between Christmas and New Year that they typically have off will be spent working. My DH truly thought that once he explained about our longgggg anticipated trip that has been booked and paid for since February he would make an exception. That conversation didn't go well at all. So, there is little hope that this magical trip that we have been planning and surprised our kids with just two weeks ago, won't happen.

Vacations in general and Disney vacations in specific are more of a once every five year thing than an annual thing for our family. This was the kids BIG Christmas gift this year. We were so excited for Disney at Christmas.

I just waffle from being angry to crying...

DH works for a small company (less than 25 employees) so there is no employee handbook or written guidelines for vacation time. I feel like we have no recourse. It's so frustrating. My DH has had two sick days EVER. Not just this employment but EVER. He took only 4 days off last year total and the new "vacation" year started in October.

His boss simply said that the company had deadlines to meet and in this economy, if they didn't meet them, someone else would. End of conversation.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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I'm so sorry. You are justified to be both angry and sad. Can you re-schedule the trip? Do you have trip insurance?
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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That stinks, but employers know that there's a number of folks wanting work so they can play the 'we'll get one that will' game. I hope you have trip insurance and can reschedule for another time.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:56 AM   #4
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DH works for a VERY large company, and the same thing happened last year. He took off the week before Christmas, but his department was told not only did they have to work, but everyone had to work overtime, as well, to hit their numbers. We didn't have a paid vacation scheduled, but he did lose about 7 vacation days that he never got to take, roll over, or be paid for.

Depending upon the industry, end of year vacations can be tricky.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:36 AM   #5
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DH works for a VERY large company, and the same thing happened last year. He took off the week before Christmas, but his department was told not only did they have to work, but everyone had to work overtime, as well, to hit their numbers. We didn't have a paid vacation scheduled, but he did lose about 7 vacation days that he never got to take, roll over, or be paid for.

Depending upon the industry, end of year vacations can be tricky.
Preventing an employee's use of earned vacation time and then having him lose his time is against the law. It is earned time and he has every right to use that time or be compensated if not allowed to. They should have either allowed him to take the time, carry it over or paid him for the days accrued that were lost. Sounds like hubby needs to be "sick" for a few days.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:49 AM   #6
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That is horrible of your husband's boss! I'm so sorry that happened - I hope it will all work out
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #7
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That stinks, but employers know that there's a number of folks wanting work so they can play the 'we'll get one that will' game. I hope you have trip insurance and can reschedule for another time.
This is so sad but true However as this poster has said can you reschedule it? or maybe consider going alone with the kids and/or see if another adult can go with you? I truly hope you will be able to work something out. Take care ok.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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That just plain stinks. So sorry for you and your family. Let us know if you are able to reschedule.
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What a scrooge! I hope his boss sleeps well at night knowing what he's taking from your family.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:46 AM   #10
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I am so sorry. I hope it works out for you.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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I certainly don't blame you for being both angry and sad. I work for a small company as well and am responsible for Finance, operations and HR. While we do have times that we are strict about vacation time, I would never force someone to cancel a planned and paid for vacation(especially around Christmas). I know it is really hard to find a job right now and businesses know this. If I were your husband, I would start looking for a new job. I now this doesn't help, but I would have no loyalty left for the boss (which is me by the way) if my company were to pull something like that.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:50 PM   #12
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Your children sound very sweet! Good for them! It really does suck, I would take plenty of time to mourn too At least you know you will be back at Disney soon enough!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:10 AM   #13
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You still haven't said how much money you're losing, if any.

I don't think any of us would want to leave a family member at home, only suggesting that it might make sense to just take the kids if you're out the money anyway.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:57 AM   #14
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Mousketeer_mom, I admire your optimism.
Here's hoping some positive karma is on it's way for you and your family. :-)
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:14 AM   #15
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You still haven't said how much money you're losing, if any.

I don't think any of us would want to leave a family member at home, only suggesting that it might make sense to just take the kids if you're out the money anyway.
Thanks for asking... We wont lose any money through Disney as we are just rescheduling the whole trip. We had reservations to stay in Orlando the night before check-in and I haven't checked on moving that reservation yet, but I will. All my ADR will be cancelled in plenty of time.

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Mousketeer_mom, I admire your optimism.
Here's hoping some positive karma is on it's way for you and your family. :-)
Thank you! I know it probably makes me a bad person but I'm a lttle bitter at the moment so don't mind me if I'm trying to send some negative Karma to .... Well, nevermind...
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