A small firm of 8 employees with 3 full time secretaries and one part time secretary. One of the full time secretaries to Managing Partner always requests Friday’s off for holiday and so far she has been allowed them but it is becoming increasingly difficult to cover the office as Friday is one of our busiest days. Our holiday policy provides that holiday can be refused if business requires cover but so far we have never imposed this. If we were to start imposing this sanction on the secretary would this cause a problem. The secretary has a small child whose house husband looks after the child but who we believe has now got part time work and we believe this is one of the reasons for the Friday’s off. Has anyone got any experience of dealing with such a situation and what should be considered.
Jo Oxley