5 things to know about taking time off work by Alison Green on July 17, 2013 Must your office leave you alone while you’re on vacation, or can they bother you with calls and emails? Once your employer has approved your time off, can they revoke it and make you work after all? What if you’re already on vacation when they change their mind? Does your employer have to give you vacation leave at all? Does your employer have to give you sick leave? If your office closes for the day because of weather, a natural disaster, or even just because they decided to give everyone the day off, can your employer deduct that time from your leave balance, even though it wasn’t your choice? Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I answer these questions and talk about things you should know about taking time off work. You can read it here. You may also like:is it wrong to take a sick day when you’re not really sick?can you use sick leave to care for pets?can a manager and employee vacation together?