So my company called a snow day tomorrow, but they're taking it from us…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@BurlapnLace:  Have you discussed this with your co-workers? I am guessing that many of them might have plans as well. It might be worth it to band together and email your manager or boss your concerns if it applies to a larger number of employees.

Post # 4
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@BurlapnLace:  You have Monday off?  I work for the state and even we have to work Monday.  It is disappointing that you made plans in anticipation of having the holiday off but you’re also lucky that the company is paying you for the snow day because lots of companies don’t pay their employees when they close due to weather.

Post # 5
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

The company I work for is based in the mid-west so the 6-10 inches we are expecting is like a dusting to them lol. Thankfully they allow us to work remotely so I’m packing up and hauling ass. It sucks they are taking Monday away from you all because, like you, that is our only official holiday until Memorial Day.

Post # 6
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We’re lucky that whenever we shut down for snow, we get the day off paid. It is extremely rare but in the time I’ve been here it’s happened three times for two different blizzards. Our paid holidays would not be taken away from us. But as PP mentioned, many businesses close and do not pay their employees for the day lost. You either lose a vacation day or lose a day of pay.

I would be annoyed though if a planned day off was suddenly taken away from me due to circumstances beyond my control. I assume those people who don’t come in will be stuck using a vacation day for what would have been a holiday.

Post # 7
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I can’t believe some of the US employment condition stories I hear on here sometimes! How is this legal?! 

Post # 8
187 posts
Blushing bee

@BurlapnLace:  Can you take a vacation day or unpaid day on Monday? If you can then I don’t see the issue here at all. Many companies are closing tomorrow and requiring that employees either take a vacation day or dont get paid. The way I see it is that giving you tomorrow off as a holiday offers you the same options as before but adds in an opportunity for those who want to work to do it monday.

Post # 9
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If its a mandatory shut down tomorrow they shouldn’t penalize you. I don’t know where your located and what kind of work it is but they should at least allow those that are able to get into the office do so..if thats even possible? I work for a hospital so snow or bad weather.. I’m stuck I have to come in no matter what unless I want to take a personal day. 

I feel for you and would be ridiculously annoyed! I hope enough people complain, especially since this is last minute with taking away a holiday that has been on the calendar, and they have no choice but to change it. 

Post # 10
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve had to use up my vacation days to make up days the office was closed for snow.  Also, we only had Christmas Day, New Years Day and Thanksgiving Day off, so to go to the Dr. you had to use vacation time.  pain in the a$$ doesn’t begin to cover it, but I had a job so meh.  

I worked for a contractor for the government at a gove facility.  When the facility closed for snow, my company required us to drive 2hours to corporate headquarters, on the other side of DC, to report to work, if the snow missed coporate. Or we could use vacation days. Gotta love those 14hour days with travel 😀 

Post # 11
2823 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@BurlapnLace:  See if your boss will allow you to keep that day off since you already have plans.

@beachbride1216: Really? I have friends that work for the state and have Monday off, I guess it just varies depending on the state. I work in finance so we get it off, along with a ton of other holidays: Good Friday in April, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Columbus day, etc.

Post # 12
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am a government employee, and its in our handbook that certain holidays are paid days off. They can’t force you to work those days.

Also, like others have said, maybe you can reason with your boss to work from home and work another time since you had already planned for Monday off.

Post # 13
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@beachbride1216:  you work for the state in florida? my best friend works for the county where I am and she has monday off. That’s weird that the state wouldn’t be consistent with the counties

OP, I’d be super annoyed if I already made plans & would talk to my boss about it.

Post # 14
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

American laws are by state, unless you are a federal worker.

Massacusettes is CRAZY.  They have more holidays in Boston than any other state. (More than MA as a whole becuase they’re only celebrated in Essex county)

I don’t get snow days.  I can choose to work from home or use a vacation day.  It’s in my contract.

I don’t get to ordinarly work from home and I must be prepared.  If I am not prepared I use a vacation day.  Period.

As someone who managed a business, I’d say it’s their call.  They are loosing a day of productivity.

Yes, its agrivating.  I’d ask to use a vacation day.  Your boss would probably let you.

Post # 15
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@BurlapnLace:  My husband’s company requires him to take a vacation day any time the government closes. Between the shut down and the snow in DC, most of his coworkers do not have a single vacation or sick day. They would love to be able to swap it out for President’s Day!

Our long planned vacation is now  going to come with 5 days without pay for him due to snow/failure of leadership

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