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The holidays are coming up. (And so is flu season.) You might have some unused vacation days that will expire. You may have a new family member on the way, or you might just have a case of the Mondays. There are quite a few reasons you might need some time away from work, so when is it too late to ask your boss for that time off?

Most employers are free to set their own policies when it comes to time off requests, but here are some general rules, depending on the type of time off you're requesting.

Walking the tightrope of free speech, political opinions, and office culture is a challenging balancing act for any employer. Now imagine you're the federal government. On the one hand, the Constitution's First Amendment protections apply directly to you, more so than private employers. On the other, how do you keep politics out of anything you do?

The goal is to at least provide the appearance that civil servants are politically neutral. So you can't have federal employees participating in political campaigns or attempting to influence elections. And you certainly can't have them talking about the possible impeachment of the president or chatting publicly about "the Resistance."

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and who can forget National Bloody Mary Day? We're diving headlong into the holiday season, when we're going to want some time off work to celebrate.

Are we allowed to take time off? Can that time off be paid? And if we do work, can we get paid extra? What if we're one of the thousands of seasonal employees just brought in for the holiday rush? Here are the top five questions, and answers, regarding holiday work and the law.

You applied. You interviewed. They offered and you accepted. You might've signed a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement, and maybe you even got your first paycheck already. But, you're having second thoughts about your new job, and wondering if it's too late to walk out the door.

The good news is, it's probably not. The bad news is, the good news doesn't always apply.

A couple weeks ago, Uber drivers in the United Kingdom went on strike, seeking an increase in fares, a reduction of commissions owed to the ridesharing platform, and "employment conditions that respect worker rights for drivers, including the payment of at least the minimum wage and paid holidays." It's hard to imagine their American counterparts doing the same thing, mostly because recent court decisions in the U.K. have deemed drivers employees, rather than independent contractors, as they have been legally considered in the U.S.

As it turns out, this distinction matters when it comes to workers' rights to collective action against employees.

Accidents happen, and when they happen in the workplace, they can leave you too injured to work. And missing work, even for a short time, can be devastating on your finances. Lucky for you, most employers are required to contribute to workers' compensation insurance policies and most people injured by on-the-job injuries are eligible for workers' comp benefits.

But do you have to file a workers' comp claim immediately? What if your injury or illness worsens over time? How long do you have to file a workers' compensation claim, and when is it too late?

Federal Judge Overturns NC Anti-Farmworker Law

North Carolina farmworkers are embroiled in a legal battle with the state legislature over whether an anti-union law adopted in 2017 violates civil rights laws. That law made it illegal for farms and labor unions to negotiate settlements involving union contracts, as well as for farmworkers to directly transfer parts of their paycheck to the union as dues, even if they agree to it.

Though the legality of this new anti-union law is still being debated in the legal system, a federal judge declared that it seems likely that the law is unconstitutional, and therefore barred it from being in effect while under legal review.

McDonald's Women to Strike Over Sexual Harassment

Would you like some fries with that shake?

Women around the country are all-too familiar with that pickup line, but it crosses over to sexual harassment if you're a McDonald's employee and it's said by your boss. Now, female McDonald's workers say they are tired of being ignored by managers when they report supervisors that have sexually assaulting them, asked for sex, or exposed themselves at work.

While we all know that lying is wrong, most lies don't become court cases. Judges aren't keen on resolving a spouse's unfulfilled promise of washing the dishes, for example. Even claims -- all evidence to the contrary -- that there will be a Broadway play and feature film about your life, complete with Angelina Jolie in the starring role and Steven Spielberg directing, are probably not going to get you into legal trouble.

Holding yourself out to be a Wall Street Journal reporter, and going to such lengths as to attend press events, interview subjects, and send billing requests to the company, however, will get you sued. But on what grounds?

SPCA Director Loses Wrongful Termination and Defamation Lawsuit

A New York court dismissed a wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit filed by Kerrin Conklin, former Central New York SPCA executive director. Conklin was seeking $4.15 million in damages, as well as reinstatement of her contract. The judge denied both claims, stating that Conklin was an at-will employee during the six-month probationary period in which she was fired, and therefore could be terminated "for any non-discriminatory reason, or for no reason at all."