Can an employee be required to use vacation during a temporary shutdown?

What are employers’ options if worker has already used vacation time for the year?
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/29/2019

Question: If an employer shuts down its operations for a short period of time, can it order employees to use some of their annual vacation entitlement for that period of time? What are the options if an employee has already used her vacation time for the year?

Answer: Employers have a general right to dictate when employees take vacation. In the unionized context, this right is subject to the terms of the collective agreement.

In the non-union context, management may schedule vacation time according to business needs, unless the employment agreement provides otherwise.