Questions regarding holidays, sick time and other time away from work that may be paid or unpaid. This includeds questions about permission to be away from work for a time.

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What to do for bereavement when someone hasn't died yet?

My grandfather has been in the ICU since thanksgiving after his heart stopped. I was told that they are taking him off the ventilator tonight, and that they were planning the funeral for this weekend. ...
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What happens when I'm called from work on my day off? [closed]

I'm taking a day off. My boss expects me to check email from home. If I answer emails from home or take a call during my day off, do I have to count this as a day off since I've actually worked? I am ...
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Does an exempt employee spend time-off if they're called in during? [closed]

In California, as I understand it, an exempt employee cannot have pay docked in partial amounts for partial-day absences. What happens if the exempt employee is required to be on call and to respond ...
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How to ask for time off for emotional health

Over the weekend, my partner of ten years confessed they no longer love me and have decided to move out. I'm very much struggling with the pain of that confession, and as a consequence I'm having ...
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Jury duty during first month of new job

I signed an offer for a new position last night, and I am due to start work on November 30. Just today, I received a letter in the mail from the state in which I live, where they summoned me for Jury ...
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Asking for time off for hospital procedure [closed]

A few weeks ago I took 2 days off holiday to have a PH test where they stick a tube in your nose for 24 attached to a small computer, but I was ill and it was cancelled. I have another one booked ...
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PTO - sick time vs personal time [closed]

I am a nurse in a large hospital. We are given non-specific PTO (paid time off). My boss has been calling people after they have called in sick questioning if they are truly sick. She is make ...
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How to handle absences caused by elusive medical condition?

At a new position, I began missing work due to frequent bouts of what I thought were colds. The condition began a few months after starting, and caused me to miss far too much work - sometimes missing ...
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Is it acceptable to take a day off during crunch time when it seemingly doesn't matter to my boss? [closed]

There is a high priority project I am working on that needs to be completed in 2 weeks. Chances are that I will complete it, but the timing is tight. I wanted to take a day off in the next few ...
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What approach can be used to negotiate for higher PTO/salary, when I have a better offer in hand?

My current position I have a job that I really like, and suits me quite well. It is in the software industry and I am writing code for websites. What makes it great I suppose is also my working ...
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Is it common to use sick days for reasons other than being sick? [closed]

Even though I have been in the workforce for 20 years, somehow I have just recently come into my first ever job with paid sick days. It’s a part-time (3 days a week) job and I get 6 paid sick days a ...
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Posted Employer Holiday (7/3) and now employer is saying it is a mandatory work day [duplicate]

My company posts the days off at the beginning of each year. This year it was noted that the employees would have 7/3 off to observe Independence Day. I used the stated day off to make travel plans ...
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Can I wait until Monday to get work done if I'm on bereavement and PTO? [closed]

I have taken this entire week off from work. Due to the holiday, a PTO day yesterday for my birthday, and 3 days bereavement due to my grandfather passing away, I will not be back in the office until ...
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How to respond to the offer of working extra hours to compensate for a trip, instead of getting originally-requested time off?

Vacation Need/Want I usually have just enough vacation days to keep me happy, but the problem is a 6-work-day trip I am taking with my University, which seriously cuts into my PTO package. I have 10 ...
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Time off at internship

8 months at my current job and love it. As a recent college grad that hasn't had the funds with previous jobs like I do now, I'd love 3 weeks off for international travel. They are giving me a week ...
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What do you do/say to someone who has been off work because they lost someone close?

If you have a colleague or boss who is off work because a significant person (wife/husband/child/parent/grandparent) in their life died, what is the workplace norm for communication? Should you ...
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Taking a year off — what to write on LinkedIn in the meantime? [duplicate]

I find myself currently unemployed and intend to seize this opportunity to wait one whole year before actively seeking new employment. I do intend to take on a new job after this year, and in the ...
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Is it appropriate to show Prior Offer Statements and Benefits from other companies to push for extra vacation time?

I work work a programmer in IT in a ~100 people company. My company offers 2 weeks of vacation days. Due to various personal, family, and lifestyle circumstances I have the need to request an ...
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Boss expects me to work personal time or forfit promised vacation pay [closed]

My wedding is this weekend and a couple of months ago I requested a day off this week and all of next week for wedding prep and then our honeymoon. My boss agreed to give me this time off and though ...
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Comp Time Policy Question - Exempt vs Non-Exempt [closed]

As a new employee to the work force, how would I interpret this policy: Comp-time, or time off in a future workweek to make up for extra time worked in the current workweek, is not acceptable ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...
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Is it okay to decline a work-trip to a seminar that is on booked-holiday time? [closed]

I have booked holiday from a month in advance and I've just been asked to attend a seminar on email marketing for my company on one of the days that is booked. My boss has asked if I could move one ...
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Part-time training: using free time at work for personal projects? [duplicate]

I'm a project manager's assistant in a small software development enterprise, in part-time training. My tutor is nice but always underestimating by capabilities. I'm not going to stay in this ...
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Requesting time off at new job

I screwed up. Two weeks ago I accepted a job offer, but forgot to negotiate for 2 weeks (10 days) off at the start of September. Now I'll start at my new job at the very beginning of august, and need ...
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Can I be forced to cover for a colleague? [closed]

I work for a tow company where we have set schedules. Previously, another employee has made threats about cutting my brake-lines or poisoning me and my dogs. Management was made aware of the ...
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Research and proof of concept work for an unapproved project [closed]

I've been rolling an idea around in the back of my head for a coding project at a company I was recently hired on to that would add significant value to my company's primary software package. My ...
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Informing my (new) boss I may need time off due to family health issues

So I just got a career job in the last two weeks. I was informed by a coworker that the company had a string of bad hires for my position, and while I'm trying to do my best (and to my knowledge I ...
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Temporarily leaving the workplace to travel [closed]

I am a recent college graduate and I am interested in living in a big city (Chicago) for a span of 3-4 months (a summer). Currently, I am employed (full time for 5 months/was an intern before that for ...
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Is it OK to go on interviews while working on a contract with another company?

As the question states. I have a month to month contract, which is non-binding in its current state. I can basically leave the job any time I want to, but this requires me actually wanting to try to ...
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3answers
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How to react to boss' question about reason for sick leave

Assume that employee A is on sick leave. In his/her company it is normal to call in and notify about the illness ASAP. However, it is always the case that one has to talk to the boss directly who ...
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How much personal information am I obligated to share with my manager? [closed]

If I have a family emergency and have to take time off work, how much information am I obligated to share with my manager about my personal problem? We have a very high volume at quarter end and I ...
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How to remind your boss about vacation time

I had a discussion with my boss about leaving early the next day. He said that it is okay with him and I don't need to fill out any paper work since it is a short period of time. But I want ...
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Is it my employer's or my own responsibility to find someone to cover my hours when I am on holiday?

I been working for two years with my current company and the new manager is trying to implement a new rule which states that when an employee needs to take some time off, they need to find another ...
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Can a salaried employee have their pay docked by the hour? [closed]

I work in an IT department in a company where most employees are paid by the hour. I am part of a small number of salaried employees. In recent months, I've had to take some time off for health ...
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Are there potential consequences of letting your employer know about your personal projects?

Yesterday, while talking with my boss, I mentioned I am working on a personal project in my free time at home. A senior was sitting nearby and he advised me not to tell the boss such things. What ...
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Is it better to avoid emailing bad/negative news, if you can use phone communication?

I'm in a situation where I've taken a hiatus from work, in order to complete schooling (I was an intern though, and after the degree I'm expecting to be FT). However, the hiatus will need more time ...
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How To Deal With Mis-represented Timesheet

My boss fills out the timesheets for everyone in his department. This is rarely a problem for me, because I rarely take time off. However, the last two times I have taken time off, my use of leave has ...
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How should I ask for time off to attend an interview?

I'm a computer science student and I work part-time at a local software company. Before even applying for this job, I was already in the process of applying for a summer internship at a major software ...
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Sick Leave and Medical Confidentiality in Canada [closed]

Lately I have been on sick leave due to an illness that has yet to be diagnosed by doctors. It is procedure at work that after 3 days of being sick, we must be put on short term disability and get a ...
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I have Sick Leave for an appointment that got cancelled. What should I do?

I’d used some Sick Leave for the time off from work today for a dentist appointment, but I got a call this morning that he wasn’t feeling well and that they would call back later to reschedule. ...
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How soon should you return to work after illness?

At the moment I'm off work sick. I imagine I might be well enough to go into work tomorrow, though not fully recovered. Should you be at work whenever you're physically well enough to do so, or ...
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Maternity leave benefits and two-weeks notice?

I have been on maternity leave for the past 12 weeks, and am starting back in the office tomorrow. Before I started my leave, my company made it quite clear that they didn't really want me as an ...