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Yes, you can request the time off and your employer may grant it. However, it would likely be unpaid, instead of paid. The employer may choose to make an exception and allow it to be paid, but that is entirely up to the employer. All PTO grants the employee is a certain number of paid days off. The employee may still request and the employer may still grant additional days off.
PTO is a benefit that is not a legally required by the state or the federal government. Therefore, an employer may create and manage their own policy as they choose. The only legal requirements is that the policy be applied equally to all employees of the same class, without discriminating against certain individuals.
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Yes, an employer has the right to require overtime and set scheduling as part of the employment. Of course, they must pay you for those overtime hours according to the law.
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It does not have to be stated in the handbook.
Missouri is an at-will employment state. That means that either you or the employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason at all. The limitation is that employers cannot terminate an employee for an illegal reason, such as discrimination or retaliation for exercising an employee's legal right.
What you have described would not fall under any of the non-permitted reasons for termination.