yes they are excluded
Yes, the rule you are describing has been in effect every year at this hospital - no PTO from mid-December to mid-January. What I am asking about LENGTHENED the time period to include some of October, all of November, and all of December. This is in addition to the blackout period that we just had (all of September and half of October) where we couldn't take off because we added a new computer system and between staff being at training and going live and learning the new system.
So, we have not been able to use PTO (unless previously approved) from Sept -Jan except for 2 weeks in Oct.