Attorney Patrick Cassidy has recommended that you let your boss know if you are out and about during your free time
by: John Lynch and Aliah Keller
Posted: Dec 19, 2020 / 7:40 am EST
Updated: December 19, 2020 / 7:40 am EST
WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Some people may plan on traveling home for the vacation.
Can your boss ask you to cancel your trip or show you the door if the number of coronavirus cases is increasing and some states are still imposing travel restrictions?
With Christmas only days away, the vacation travel season is in full swing and 7News is looking to see if your employer can legally cancel your Christmas travel plans by saying, “It’s the time of year” to stay home.
Lawyers say it all depends on your contract. This means if you don’t have one, your employer can do whatever they want as long as it doesn’t violate a particular law or policy.
But could your boss fire you for traveling home on vacation? Attorney Patrick Cassidy probably says yes.
Even when it comes to canceling your travel plans, lawyers say it’s likely legal to do so too.
While this is all on a case-by-case basis, Cassidy said that this is particularly likely if you are a private employee. If you’re any employee, lawyers say you don’t even have to have a reason.
However, if the reason is because employees shouldn’t get infected with the virus while traveling, attorneys say it’s likely not illegal.
If there is something wrong with you (your employer) then you should probably sit back and sit because I don’t think you are protected just because you want to and your employer doesn’t want you to be.
Patrick Cassidy, attorney
When your vacation time is contracted – usually not – lawyers say it’s not okay for your boss to tell you to stay seated.
Cassidy recommends that you let your boss know if you are out and about in your spare time.