So H's company has a blackout period from mid August to mid September. He's worked there for 14 years and I seriously hadn't heard of this being enforced for YEARS! I worked there for about 10 years a while back too.
So H finally told his boss when he was taking vacation (he's going to take the week I come home from the hospital and work a bunch of half days the week I'm in the hospital). His boss comes back and says "that's blackout, you can't take it" H says he hasn't heard of that being blackout in forever and yes he is taking the week off. His boss says you better give me a very compelling reason and gets all snotty like "go ahead try me". H gave him the reason and his boss says so I guess you're taking vacation that week LOL.
H is on the short list for a promotion and HATES to be difficult on anything but I swear to Christ if he wusses out on any of the time off I'll kill him