Questions tagged [time-off]

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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Why so little paid holiday in the US [closed]

Just read this question: Is it reasonable for my employer to make me use unpaid time off to drive back after a work conference? And the first thing that I thought was: why is there so little annual ...
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Is it reasonable for my employer to make me use unpaid time off to drive back after a work conference?

I was at a work conference last week that was supposed to go M-F. It ended a day early and I drove home Friday during the day instead of Saturday. When I got back in the office today, my manager told ...
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Asking for day off. How can I word the email so it does not sound rude nor meek? [duplicate]

Every time I want to take days off I wrestle with the manner in which I should ask for them. I have PTO days that reset annually. I guess my battle is when I ask, it feels rude if I say "I'm taking ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for unpaid leave if you've used up your PTO days? [closed]

If an employee has already maxed-out on their allotted PTO days, do companies typically allow them to take off extra days as unpaid time off? Here's the background: I work as a developer in a USA ...
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How to handle an injury that happened outside the workplace?

I've had a relatively mild concussion (outside of work). Ideally, I'd like two or three days to recover before jumping back into work, but I've already burned most of my sick days and would like to ...
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Why are holidays stretched to the weekends?

Someone asked me why holidays are stretched into the weekends (like holiday on a thursday but you don't go friday) and I'm not too sure why they do it, since it would be non beneficial to the company, ...
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How could software developer spend free time while coding?

I'm a professional developer with about 20 hours of free time a week. I love coding, so I'd like to spend it on code, but I don't want to contribute to open source or find some spare money-job. Which ...
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May have to take one or two days off for medical appointments. Should I give details to management?

I started a new job recently. I may need to take a couple days off work for medical appointments. I feel like two days is rather strange. The details are there's a pain in my mouth and not sure if a ...
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New manager unapproved PTO my old manager approved, because of a conference at the same time that's now a “condition of my employment here”

I'm taking a vacation in mid-April of next year with some friends, we've all already gotten the time off approved from our various jobs and bought plane tickets. My previous manager said it was fine ...
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Workplace is rescinding on a promise made upon hire

We are in California in case it helps when giving advice on her situation. My wife was hired at her workplace back in February. Part of her negotiation at hire was that they would accommodate her ...
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Is there anything better I can say to coworkers after taking a day off for mental health, when they ask?

I have a condition that pretty much never surfaces on medicine, but sometimes does (no pattern I can tell). This happened the other night so I called out sick, just announcing I wasn't feeling well. ...
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Getting time off for job interview

I've just read the following answer: - How should I ask for time off to attend an interview? But have posted a new question anyway as I believe my situation is a little different. So I found out I ...
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Overpayment of Unused Sick Days after leaving company [closed]

As my role ended with my company, I had unused sick hours (earned sick time). During my last days, I asked for payment of my unused sick hours, which my company provided me with. Recently they ...
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How do I request a longer than normal leave of absence period for my wedding?

My wedding is coming up in October this year and I need 5 weeks (25 working days) of leave for completing all the wedding rituals, honeymoon, etc. My fiancé will be leaving abroad for work so I want ...
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Why cap paid time off rollover?

Every place I have worked has capped the amount of paid time off employees are allowed to roll over to a new calendar year. In many cases it's a "use it or lose it" scenario, where accrued time is ...
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I have been signed off sick but my boss doesnt recognise it , can they do that?

I was recently sexually assaulted at another job that I had to take. On top of suffering from depression and anxiety I have not taken a day off because I was recently off for a kidney infection. ...
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How to handle vacation being cut short?

A bit of context first. I report to the Owner and CEO (not actual titles, the structure is complicated but this is the simplest way to describe them) of the company but my schedule for my regular non-...
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Reasonable time to return to the office after time off for bereavement

Recently my mother entered her final stage of illness following cancer. After caring for her 30 days in her home she passed away on Friday the 5th of this month. Work had been great in allowing me to ...
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How to handle time-off /days-out from the office in Ireland?

I recently changed to a new job in Ireland. I have found something different in how to manage to do external/personal stuff, as most of the things are open only during working hours. For example, ...
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How can I get an unreasonable manager to approve time off?

I need to go to the doctor sometime in the next two weeks for a somewhat urgent matter. The only specialist in my area is only available between 10-4 on weekdays, and I work 9-5 for a manager who ...
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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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I'm the“backup” for others (& have my own primary role) - how to handle time off when “covering” is always one way and not reciprocated

In my role I have particular tasks - a mixture of day-to-day and project tasks.. 40% day-to-day troubleshooting/maintenance etc and 60% project work at a best guess. Others in the company have a ...
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Am I ethically obligated to go into work on an off day if the reason is sudden?

Background At my work, we have a schedule option where you get every other Friday off. It is the standard schedule all new hires are given. Today, my manager implied that I need to go into work this ...
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Notifying team members of missed work for bachelor party

I will be a groomsman in an upcoming wedding. The bachelor party was scheduled on a Thursday morning, and it's multiple hours away from where I live/work, so attending means missing all day Thursday. ...
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How to communicate to my manager that him being available while on vacation sets a bad precedent

I'm looking for a good way to approach my manager that I believe his availability while on vacation sets a bad precedent for the team. Some background. My manager is a People Manager of myself and my ...
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My boss asked me to take a one-day class, then signs it up as a day off [closed]

A while back, I had asked for 3 day off from work, 2 days before my vacation, my boss asked me whether I was interested in a one-day class during my vacation (3 days off). I agreed because the class ...
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Does bereavement leave cover all family deaths? [closed]

Last Saturday, my grandmother passed away. It really makes me sad and I will not doing my best work when I return to work. I had to help with all the funeral arrangements, and it tires me. Also, I'm ...
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Physically attacked by a resident of a group home [closed]

I work in a group home in Virginia, USA. Yesterday, my coworker and I were both physically attacked by a resident, who is a minor. The attack lasted around 45 minutes until the police arrived, and it ...
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Working till 3AM for a deadline; I want to take next day off as leave, but manager insists I take sick day

I'm in the UK, I requested a day of annual leave for the day after a deadline (~3 weeks time) which will result in an estimated 4AM finish for me (could be earlier or later, so 2AM-5AM). I will be the ...
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Is it OK to take time-off during the first week of a new job?

Is it OK to take time-Off during the first week of new job? I just landed in a new job and this is the first week for me. Because of an unexpected situation I have to take Off on Friday of this week. ...
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Line-manager is denying me training as an apprentice and has started threatening & bullying me

I've been working as a graphic design apprentice for the past 10 months. Part of the requirement for me to pass is to take 20% off the job training. My line-manager initially asked me if I could work ...
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How to reach out to intern on bereavement leave?

Last week my intern informed me that his grandmother was ill and likely to pass. I gave him my condolences, told him to take as much time as he needed, and asked him to let me know when he would be ...
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How do I ask to leave because of weather?

I'm not sure how to ask my boss if I can leave early because of weather (specifically snow). I came in this morning, to get some work done before it got worse. Well it's worse now and the roads are ...
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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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How do you reconcile a slightly lower salary with a lot of time off?

I am in a specialty position within my company and I just finished our yearly review process where I received very high marks. But I'm wondering how you can reconcile a slightly lower salary (per ...
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Do employers/coworkers prefer if their employees go to work while ill? [closed]

Let's say hypothetical office employee Alice has come down with the common cold. She feels terrible, but not so terrible that she can't work. Her productivity might be half of what it usually is, but ...
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Is it acceptable/appropriate to cut a contract short to take a vacation?

I'm currently on a six-month contract and there is a cruise I would like to go on that overlaps with the final days of my contract. I can see a pro and a con to asking for this. Pro: Taking a ...
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What to do when previously approved time off is being revoked at the last second because my coworker requested the same days off after I did?

I requested time off for Christmas way back in October, and some of it was approved October 18, so I bought plane tickets (which are now non-refundable) for a trip during those days and expected to ...
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Why is it 'expected' that software developers work on their own projects in their spare time?

I have been working in software development for the last five years, and have had a number of jobs during this time -- most of them have been fixed term contracts, but I've also had a permanent ...
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Negotiating with my boss to let me work remotely or similar during depressions?

I'm a programmer working for a startup in San Francisco. I go through pretty bad depressive phases during the winter (it is a medical condition). It's often difficult to get out of bed, let alone ...
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Contacting a sick employee to ask for confirmation on an event

I am interested in whether (and if yes, how?) you would go about contacting an employee on sick leave in this very specific situation: There are three people involved: CEO Carl, Manager Mike and ...
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Upcoming medical examination and interview the same day; how to handle PTO with current boss? [closed]

So I’ve got an interview Friday with a job that seems like the perfect fit. My current work situation has become increasingly toxic and has forced me to seek new opportunities. That being said, I am ...
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Part time contract holiday adjustment

I recently asked to work 4 out of 5 days a week. The company came back with a contract amendment which looks fine, however there is one change which I do not understand: The exact wording is: ...
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Studies proving that vacations need to be uninterrupted? [closed]

There was an article saying something like "if a vacation is interrupted, it no longer counts", and it backed that claim with studies. As I tend to agree with it more and more, I want to find that ...
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How to get back into the working frame of mind on returning to work from a long break?

I had an accident in May which gave me an elbow fracture. I was on medical leave for 50 days. I have come back to work now but I feel very lost at work. I work as a development editor at a publishing ...
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How to deal with a boss that doesn't like you to take time off?

To keep it short, I have a manager that is very nit-picky about when and how long I take my vacation time. My vacation time at my company works on an accrual basis, so I earn X amount of days per ...
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Boss doesn't seem to want to approve vacation time

I have been working for a company for four years. Over that four years, I've taken about 8 days off - mostly sick days, a short two day break, and one small emergency. I've also worked a lot of ...
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How can I ask my boss for time off at the last-minute?

I'm 21 and I've been working for a wine importer for about 2 and a half years. I graduated from university in June and am planning on continuing to work at my current job through the end of the summer ...
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How should I ask for a couple of hours off in the 2nd week of a new job?

A few weeks from now, I have to show up in court for a civil case about a debt. This would be 2 weeks into my new job, which I have not started yet. I still have to do the paper work. I thought the ...
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Saw a dead person on the way to work [closed]

On the way to work today, I saw a dead person at a train station where my train stopped. This has affected me more than I expected. I am shaking and trying to hold my tears while trying to write code ...