As an employer, you want to control when your employees do and do not take vacation time. Can you do this? The answer, for all jurisdictions in Canada, is yes, though this employer discretion may be restricted in some jurisdictions.
Employers looking to amend and update employment contracts with current employees should be mindful of the elements that must be satisfied for the agreement to be found valid and enforceable.
Job rotations and vacations continue to be effective internal controls. A September 30, 2020 article in the Scotsman newspaper (the Article) was a recent reminder of this fact. The article explains that embezzlements, which had gone on for more than eight years, began to unravel and were ultimately discovered after the embezzler’s manager announced plans to rotate staff to give them broader experiences.