As long as you are following the companys policy in how and when you put in for vacation pay, what you do on vacation is your own business. You could take a vacation and sit in bed for the two weeks watching Seinfeld reruns. As long as you are not doing anything during your vacation time that would cause you to run afoul of your duties to the company (e.g., moonlighting for a competitor when youre not supposed to), and as long as you have reached the point in time when you are actually entitled to vacation pay, your manager has no right to ask. Have a look at your employee manual to see if you have followed all the steps. You may also want to speak to someone in Human Resources about the situation.
Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.