I’m 16 years of age and working behind the counter in my parents deli. This morning I woke up feeling ill to the point where I’ve been crying in pain. I live with my parents, so went and asked directly for a day off. They then refused, saying that I was fine last night, and “even if (I) was ill” that there would be no one to cover my shift. (The business is incredibly small, fewer than 10 people.) I can only find bits of information for some of the questions I have separately. Can your boss refuse time off if they think you’re well enough to work? Can your boss refuse time off if they can’t find someone else to work your shift? Does any of this change if your boss happens to be your mum? Sorry that it’s such a tangled mess of questions, but I’m really at a loss for what to do or say about the situation.