Last month our company distributed a new Employee Handbook. One change that was made in the vacation accrual was that they have decided to cap vacation accrual at 1½ times the annual rather than the previous 2x the annual. Luckily I caught this change and realized that a number of my employees had immediately stopped accruing vacation time because they had reached the new cap. The employees scheduled vacation to be taken (but are required to give at least two weeks notice and may not take vacation at the same time) but until they actually go out on vacation, the accrual has ceased. Some people were not able to get vacation approved until two months from now and they are very angry that they will lose the accrual up until they take vacation.
By lowering the accrual cap without notice, the company has effectively cheated these employees out of their accrual for the next few months. Is this legal?
BTW... had I not noticed the change by reading the handbook cover to cover... it would not have been brought to anyone's attention. It was a sneaky thing to do.