In 2017 I had my 10 year anniversary on my job. I work for a small law firm. There are 5 full time lawyers and 1 part time lawyer. I am the only staff member. When I began this job there were only 2 lawyers. I’ve stayed at this job because I know how long you have to be at a job to accrue 4 weeks vacation. As the firm grew, naturally my job has grown and to say I am busy is an understatement.
As per firm vacation policy, after 10 years I was entitled to 4 weeks vacation (1-4 years you get 2 weeks vacation and 5-9 years you get 3 weeks vacation). The policy had been in effect for 10 years.
So as of January 1, 2018 I would have earned earn 4 weeks vacation. However, I was told on December 20 that the firm was intending to change their vacation policy and nobody was allowed to take 4 weeks vacation.
I am the only employee (a different policy applies to because lawyers’ based on their billable hours). They said it’s because I am the only employee and they can’t have me gone for 4 weeks. They acknowledged it didn’t look good on their part - being that they changed the policy just when it applied to me.
- Short of leaving the company as soon as I find another job, what are some other options in this situation?
- How might I approach re-negotiating the benefits and/or salary to make up for the change in vacation policy?
- Other than implying I can resign, is there anything else I can use as leverage in my negotiating position?