Q & A Session – Cancellation of Previously Approved Annual Leave


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I requested annual leave several months ago in writing (not required by my agency) and my boss has now asked me to cancel the previously approved leave. I already have airline and train tickets purchased for my trip and the trip insurance will not cover the expenses because this is not a military deployment or permanent change of station. What are my rights?


Management has the right to cancel leave. It should do so for a good reason. If it happens in the future and you believe you are being discriminated against you can file an EEO complaint. You may also file a grievance, but those time limits are short for you, but not so short that your supervisor’s directive will be reversed before your trip rolls around. The best option is to try to elevate your concern within the chain of command as soon as possible.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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