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Boss Orders Employee ‘Be Prepared To Cancel Or Reschedule Your Wedding’ After Layoffs, Despite Her Giving A … – Benzinga

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A conversation unfolded on Reddit RDDT when a user shared their employer’s request to cancel or reschedule a wedding to align with company operational demands. The user explains notice was given to the employer a year prior. 

The post was titled, “Be Prepared to Cancel or Reschedule Your Wedding to Meet Operational Needs.” The Reddit user said, “So yesterday I got told that when my wedding is already fully booked…but because they’re getting rid of a bunch of people, got told to cancel my wedding so that I can show up to work instead.” 

The post rapidly attracted attention and sympathy from the online community, with many expressing disbelief and outrage at the employer’s expectations. A prevalent comment highlighted the absurdity: “What human being actually expects someone will reschedule their wedding?” Another user labeled such expectations as behavior typical of “sociopaths.”

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The thread also offered a glimpse into the advice and solidarity from fellow Redditors. Suggestions ranged from the practical to the assertive. One user said, “Invite everyone at your job to the wedding so they take time off too,” while another advised consulting an attorney to draft a letter threatening to charge the employer with all cancellation fees. The sentiment was clear: “They pull this kind of BS because they expect people to fold. Yea nope.”

This user’s determination resonated, summarizing a growing sentiment in workplace boundaries: “They can decide which option is more cost-effective for them…. Paying cancellation fees vs. giving me my time off to get married. Welcome to the age of zero effs to give.” 

In the United States, there is no federal law that mandates employers to provide paid time off for personal events like weddings. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers job-protected, unpaid leave for qualifying reasons, but it doesn’t cover events such as weddings.

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Several states have enacted their own laws providing various forms of paid leave, which employees might be able to use for personal events, depending on the specifics of the law and the nature of the event. For example, Illinois recently passed the Paid Leave for All Workers Act, effective Jan.1, 2024, which allows employees to accrue up to 40 hours of leave that can be used for any reason, giving some flexibility for personal events like weddings.

Each state’s laws differ in eligibility, accrual rates and permissible uses of paid leave, creating a complex landscape for employers and employees to navigate. For instance, New York and California have specific regulations offering paid sick leave, which accrues over time and may be used as the employee sees fit, within certain guidelines.

The incident has sparked a conversation about financial independence and having more control over your time. Building a strong financial safety net, perhaps through investing in real estate or side hustles, can give employees more leverage to negotiate work demands and prioritize personal milestones like weddings. This could empower them to say no to unreasonable requests without jeopardizing their financial security.

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