Yep. It's common when you work manufacturing companies with factories. They'd often need to shut down the entire plant for a week to do maintenance on the machines and whatnot. So there is nothing for teh factor workers to do.<quoted text>WAit, your office is closed and you are reqquired to use vacation days on them? Granted its a nice problem to have, but that's like saying the office is closed on saturday & sunday, so we are going to charge you 2 vacation days.
Where I used to work in IL, they made everyone take a week vacation the week of the 4th for this same purpose, but folks at corporate, such as me, weren't required to. Here it applies to everyone.
It's not a big deal, because I'd probably take off that week anyway. I don't like to work from Christmas to New Years.