Government contractor pilot fish is an employee of a big international company — right up until his division is sold to another big company.

“Expectations were that the new company, which was mostly services, would better understand government contracting than the old company, which was hardware oriented,” says fish.

“And we brought the old company’s HR staff for this division along with us, so everyone expected most processes, such as holiday policies, to remain the same.”

But a month after the sale is complete, fish’s boss calls him in, and apologetically explains that, according to HR, fish needs to record four hours of his vacation time on a national holiday to add to the four hours fish recorded that he worked.

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