My question involves employment and labor law for the state of: Colorado
I hope I am posting this in the right section. I wasn't sure.
I work for a company in Colorado that sends some of their employees to North Dakota for work. The schedule is two weeks in ND and one week in COLO. Ive been doing this since Feb of this year, but have worked for the company for over five years. I've earned three weeks vacation every year, if I don't use it all, I can cash it in. While in ND, I asked my manager for a week of vacation this month, he replied saying "If you take any vacation while in ND, you are forfeiting the remaining two for the rest of the year" This was news to me. This information was not disclosed to me prior to the decision to head up to ND. So this is where I am at, whether I stay up here on this rotation or whether I decided to work locally again within this year, I'd have lost two weeks vacation, just for taking the one while on the North Dakota rotation. And from the rumors I am hearing, you will not even be able to cash in. So, I am taking this week vacation(it's something I really have to do!), I will be forfeiting two weeks off paid, that's 108 hours @ over twenty dollars an hour, gone. This does not sit well with me and seems illegal. I am not sure if I should contact Human Resources but I am pretty sure talking to my managers will be unproductive. I think they are using this as leverage to keep us from taking any vacation on the ND rotation so they won't have to find a replacement. There aren't many volunteers for the rotation as many like to stay local. I am beyond upset. Ive been a very dedicated, hard working employee and never a bother. But I really would hate to see them get away with something if it's illegal, stops me from earned time with my family and/or the 108 hours in green.
Well, there is my problem. Does anyone know if this is legal or any advise on the matter?
I would greatly appreciate it.
-T (by the way, I'm using wife's account)