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I would approach your boss and discuss how you would like to take an opportunity to cross train with your counter part in the event that either of you has to take some time off. There should always be some redundancy. If she is pregnant and your boss knows about it, this will be a way for him/her to go approach the subject without revealing any personal ...


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It means exactly what it says, anything more is speculation, especially when you consider the actual reason behind the departure and not simply its fact or mechanism. Perhaps there are mutual friends among co-workers who could put you in touch if you ask quietly. Or see if you can find them on something like Linkedin or another social network that seems ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him You are taking sick days when you are not actually sick. Maybe this is OK with and encouraged by your manager but what are the consequences of HR finding out? You need to read your employee handbook and find out if sick days at your company can only be used if you are ...


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This is a type of unethical conduct or workplace dishonesty which happens in hierarchical environments where there is little accountability of the greater good and huge accountability from your imminent relations. What it could be about: As pointed by many: boss looking after his workers. He cares about the loyalty of his workers. Loyalty allows him to ...


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A possible schedule is working 9 hours M-Th, and then 4 on Friday, which keeps you at full time. However, you need to find reasons that benefits your company, not you. If you can come up with good reasons that will be beneficial to the company, then present that to your boss. If the ONLY reason is that it will make you happier (because you'll be able to ...


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The writing is on the wall. In Big Neon Letters: sorry, you have no future there. Your company is very nice and transparent about this. They treat you fairly and offer you a very generous deal. Take it and focus on the next adventure in your career. Edit: Just to elaborate, there are two things going on here Your company isn't doing well: They may recover ...


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What will be the consequence of not returning or ghosting my employers while on leave? There's burning bridges and then there's napalming them to a crisp. The exact consequences are going to depend quite a lot on your location and perhaps most importantly what your contract says about things like giving notice. If you happen to be in a situation where you'...


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What does it exactly mean when company broadcasts x employee is no longer is employed by XYZ company? It means that x is no longer employed by XYZ and that the company doesn't want to (or cannot) tell you why. Does it mean the employee is resigned or does it mean he got fired? It could be either. Usually, you will learn what really happened through ...


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What will be the consequence of not returning or ghosting my employers while on leave? Your reputation will be shot, and a bad reputation will follow you for years Most industries are very tight knit, and people tend to transfer between companies within the same industries, plus there are trade shows where people talk, et cetera. That is enough of an ...


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You can ask for whatever you like. You may even get it - normally, the "worst case scenario" is that they say "No. And by the way, you're fired as well", but it doesn't sound like you'd think that was the end of the world, so there's pretty much no downsides to asking. However, I'd question if a month's leave is really what you want. As I see it: You'd ...


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Inform them if you want to. Or don't inform them if you would rather keep it private. Do whichever feels more comfortable. You have no obligation to notify your employer unless it impacts them directly. Personally I would make the decision in the same way that I would decide whether or not to tell any other friend, acquaintance, or stranger. I typically ...


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Given that they have a baby carriage as the icon, it seems likely that it is a typo and they really mean "maternity leave", which is leave you get when you become a mother. Paternity leave is for new fathers (from the Latin word for father, "pater"). The company is advertising that they give leave for new parents of both genders, which is not always a given (...


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Given that this is your first job, you simply don't have any idea about what is normal and what is out of the ordinary. In a small to medium sized company word would usually get around if the employee has a planned departure and there is no need to make a company-wide announcement. However, if their employment ceased without sufficient notice then it would ...


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The statement of your manager is obviously trivially wrong. I have had planned sick leave way to many times for my liking. It's easy. You visit a doctor. The doctor makes a frowny face and sends you to a specialized surgeon. The surgeon makes a happy face, looks at their calendar and says "no problem, the procedure can be scheduled as soon as next Tuesday. ...


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Is there any path I can take to ensure I am prepared to take over her role during her maternity leave? Not directly. Instead, make sure your own work is under control such that you can take on an additional burden if you are asked. Your boss will be the one to decide how to handle her absence. That might include hiring a temp, a replacement, spreading ...


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I am more than ready to work the extra four hours mid week. Not meaning to be picky, but those are not extra four hours. They would be extra if you took them along with your full day at the IT job, but you are proposing to cut the full-time job in half that day (so you will have normal work hours). Being realistic, it's unlikely your IT employer will agree ...


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It is not completely unusual for employees to view sick days as a commodity that are there to be "used up". This is an incorrect view of the world but just about common enough that it is likely your boss genuinely believes that you deserve the sick days as holiday. However... It would be very unusual for this to be an actual company policy and as such you ...


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Just because this has not been mentioned yet, Assuming your company is larger, I have seen organisations where the budget for paid vacation comes directly from your team / manager's budget, but sickness comes from a central company medical expense budget. It could be that your manager is trying to manipulate such a system to have a little more money for the ...


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Not the end of the world. Point out the issue to your boss and the firm's accountant, any correction they feel necessary should be reflected in your next paycheck or in whatever paychecks come after that paycheck. Again, be comfortable pointing out the issue and be comfortable letting them deal with it. Nobody is trying to mislead anyone and anything that ...


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Note: since no location/culture/company policy is provided in the question, no guarantees can be made. However, your interpretation of what constitutes sick leave seems to diverge from the general interpretation, which is what this answer is responding to. One could take an hour or two off work to go to the doctor and then continue working. However, in my ...


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Your two questions map to two simple problems. Employees fake illness/lateness to use all their leave This is a case where your employees don't want their leave to go to waste - quite understandably, since it's basically 'free money'. I assume from your description that if an employee doesn't use up their monthly leave, it gets discarded. As such, the ...


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First, I've been communicated that I won't be paid for the summertime forced overtime So answer that communication that you will have to take the two weeks off in lieu of the overtime unless they have another solution. That leaves the ball in their court and you can go forwards from their reply.


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Schedule a general range and get agreement that it triggers at the birth of your child One member of my team is on paternity leave. He just informed our manager of the expected due date. I suppose tt depends on your job, but in our case, moving things by a few days had no meaningful business impact so that was sufficient. His child was born before the due ...


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My employer has begun laying off employees. However, unlike nearly everyone else who has been laid off, I'm being asked to work throughout my 11 month severance period rather than just getting a cheque for "garden leave" (i.e. I have to work during the notice period, from home, for 11 months, rather than just getting a cheque for 11 months of ...


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Talk to her. Don't ask about the weight gain. If you don't feel like you know her job well enough to do a good job when she's out, that's enough reason to ask to shadow her for a day or two, pick her brain, etc. Even if she's not pregnant or planning to be out, people do go on vacation for a week or two from time to time, get in catastrophic accidents, or ...


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While I don't see any disadvantage for me to apply the leaves as suggested by him, it is beyond my understanding whats in it for him? There should be nothing for him personally here. He seems to be trying to build goodwill with the employee (you) by getting more monetary benefits available to you (by having PTO's cashed / carried over) by working the system....


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This is a horrible plan. If you want to leave, provide the proper notice, then leave. Do not just quit without providing any notice. It even looks worse if you take PTO and then not show up to work after. It is considered really bad form, unprofessional, and you can kiss any positive references from them goodbye as well.


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You mentioned In your organization it's allowed to work from home (what you mention as home office), You already have the setup (HW + SW) required to work from home and, you have a very valid reason for asking to utilize that option. You need not worry about what others may or may not be doing (ex: taking the required precautions, following the safety ...


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I'm going to take a different tack - because while you do sound like you need leave, it won't really do much in the long term because the job will be there when you get and you will quickly wear down again. You need to fix this situation. You. When you went to your boss, it seems like you said "hey, I feel overworked, I'm losing my motivation, and I'm ...


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