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Are employers allowed to ask employees to make outside appointments

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Are employers allowed to ask employees to make outside appointments such as medical and dental appointments, beforeor after their shifts? We'r a manufacturing company and coverage is difficult since our machines don't ever stop (we run 24/7). Also, are we allowed to ask them to give us advance notice of such appointment and if they don't they might not be able to leave work for that appointment?
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As an employer, you are absolutely entitled to ask (even require) employees to make any appointments before or after their shifts, and to require advanced notice of any appointments that are over a shift they are scheduled to work. That is not illegal in any way nor violates any laws. I am sure you are flexible enough to understand that emergencies and circumstances sometimes come up where that isn't always possible for an employee.

It would be a good idea that if you are going to institute such a policy that you add it to your employee handbook (if you have one) for all new hires, and put it in writing for all existing employees and have them sign a document showing that they understand and agree to the terms you have set forth.
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