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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? They've already paid you in terms of your "expenses" and given you extra time off, so I'd think there's no point other than to vent anger (which is a bad idea). How can I approach booking any future time off given that this could happen again? ...


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Now I would like to know how to address the current situation (if I should) with management/PM, and how to tackle it in the future. There is not much to address the current situation. You yourself knew that it wasn't likely that the project would have been completed on the original date. You even booked your trip a few months after the original date ...


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Is unspent vacation time a good argument in pay negotiations? No. The company has already given you those days. The fact that you have not yet used them is irrelevant. From the company's standpoint, any value that those vacation days provide is already in your possession to either use or cash out if you leave the company. Your boss will surely be aware ...


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While you're reluctant to reschedule at this time that is exactly what you should do. Talk to your boss and your partner and then schedule the trip so that it is only a few weeks or a month later than originally planned. You will be clearing it ahead of time with management, it will be before the estimated time for the Smith delivery, and it will still ...


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(Potential) bad news - I'm going to be out of the country for a little bit (10 days) in a couple of days. It's not a "news" if you had mentioned it earlier, it's an information that the company already have. It should not matter much if you've already communicated about your unavailability. It's business as usual. Is it safe to assume that the company ...


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When they make an offer (negotiating salary), bring this up. Usually it's not a problem at all to have a couple commitments with a new hire. The ordinary practice is just to take them as non-paid days. If they want you, this is nothing that they will flinch at (3 days). If you had more than a week, it might be something to be concerned about. When you'...


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There's a moonlightning clause in my contract. I'm obliged to disclose If I'm working on anything else. Does that include vacation? Yes it does. It doesn't matter when you are working on something else. It only matters that you are. If you plan to work elsewhere during your vacation, your moonlighting clause requires you to disclose that fact.


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She also added that she didnt appreciate the fact that I contacted her during HER vacation with her family as it wasnt a work emergency and was not an important issue to have me disturb her Your boss is clearly pissed off with you because you contacted her during vacation. She has mentioned it clearly wasn't a work emergency, and not something to disturb ...


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Most places I have worked prohibited taking PTO during the notice period. The first thing I would do if I was in your situation is check my contract and employee handbook to see if that is the case for you. If it is then you will need to decide if you want to take the 3 days PTO before handing in your notice or just sacrifice your accrued PTO.


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Should I do anything further (if so how) in terms of bringing this up to management, project manager, etc? Why would you? From due date of your birth to how many weeks the doctor tells you that you have left at the end of life NO date is a guarantee until after it occurs. Yes, some are far more likely than others but projects are subject to change. The ...


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There are occasionally times when it is simpler to let something go, rather than try to grab every last shilling on the table. This is one of those times. You can certainly ask your HR department to pay those four days, and it wouldn't hurt to ask them about it, but I wouldn't plan on holding my breath waiting for them to say "yes".


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You should ask for the vacation days and protection of your weekends. The worst that can reasonably happen is they will say "no" to your request. Have a discussion with the hiring manager or recruiter in person or over the phone to discuss the offer and share your desire for additional vacation and weekend protection. Before the conversation, know what your ...


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First of all, I just want to say that I wouldn't be overly concerned around the discussion of "religion". It could be interpreted to be a cultural thing, rather than a religious thing. There are many places in the world where Christmas is not really a religious holiday. You got tentative approval to take holiday at the end of November - start of December. ...


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This could backfire in many ways: It may signal that you may be a workaholic - someone who works so hard for so long that they get burned out. Companies allot time off because they know employees perform better when they use it. It may signal that you are not very good at managing your own schedule and resources. The "threat" of having to pay a handful of ...


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Assuming you started on the 2nd of January, you should have the full holiday for the year. I am not a lawyer, ofc, but I have experienced this scenario myself and done some research. They are allowed to take holidays off if you start later in the year - however, only in proportion to how much later you've started. So assuming you start half a year in, you ...


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You do not need to give away the private reasons why this vacation is important to you, if you don't want to, even though it could help your case. If they insist, you can say that you want to keep that private for now (they will probably be able to guess then, but you can still expect your manager to keep that to themselves). Your manager is usually not ...


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Holiday is regulated by the Bundesurlaubsgesetz in Germany. It explains how many minimum days there are, and how the days you are owed are calculated. The following parts are relevant. All translations and emphases are mine. § 3 Dauer des Urlaubs (1) Der Urlaub beträgt jährlich mindestens 24 Werktage. (2) Als Werktage gelten alle Kalendertage, die ...


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He was ok with me doing this but noted that this was an "exception" and that "vacation is given to rest, not for doing extra work" and raised some concerns regarding burnout. All this seemed a bit strange to me since there was an apparent benefit for my company If I carried out this 2-week course during my vacation. It also creates a potential legal ...


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If direct deposit is not an option, it's OK to use credit cards in the meantime and then just pay them off when you get the paycheck later. It doesn't matter since the money will come out of the same place eventually (your bank acct). I am not sure legal rights are relevant here. The employer has nothing to do with the fact that you decided to go on ...


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Even during your vacation time you're an employee of that company (they pay you during that time). According to your contract you're obliged to disclose work for other companies. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT NOT TELLING THEM! Your manager is correct, holidays are meant to ensure that employees have time to unwind. It is in the companies' interest as well as ...


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As I am employed in an at-will state, I understand it's possible that my employment will simply be terminated on my last effective day rather than my requested official day, but aside from this possibility, what should I be considering? Or, should I not consider doing this at all? The other possibility you should consider is that you are terminated the ...


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Floating holidays are a pretty new concept that are intended to give employees the opportunity to celebrate the holidays that are most meaningful to them, regardless of culture, religion or nationality. So instead of having 11 fixed holidays you have 7 fixed holidays and 4 floaters (for example). For standard holidays it is simple: If you quit before the ...


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This varies case to case, but Outlook's calendar has a Show as drop-down value called Working elsewhere specifically for this. If you're using Outlook, you should mark your unavailable time as Away, which shows up as a hard-to-miss purple block on your calendar. The rest of your time could either just be left open or marked as Working elsewhere. If you ...


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A couple of bonus days off were given as well as vaguely making us whole financially (we could get some, but not all of the money back for the cancelled trip). If they wanted to cancel a pre-arranged holiday, they should have paid you the whole amount (days off are not the same). If you had the money, you could now re-book it and you'd be fine barring ...


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Your mistake was to be too accommodating. Your vacation time is legally yours and unless your employer is willing to refund you in full for your vacation fees, as well as pay you extra for the hassle, there is no good reason for you to allow them to disrupt your plans. At the end of the day it is their responsibility to manage deadlines and the potential ...


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Split it up into steps. Find out if they are going to give you another contract first. Once you find out, when signing or negotiating your contract. Bring it up and simply say that you wish to take a month's holiday off for personal activities.


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"But there's no guarantee that the 'person I am covering for' can't subsequently book their own time off (when I was already approved to be away)" Is it fair to say that this is the core of your problem? Workplace holiday scheduling practices vary enormously but the most usual and fair practice is for holiday to be approved on a first come first served ...


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Huh, that's a nice welcome gift, isn't it? Let me start by saying that I've never heard about anybody having a job officially starting Jan. 2nd, because Jan. 1st is a holiday. That's super strange and in itself shows something might be wrong with the company if they want to save one day salary (or even two-three days, counting in the vacation)). If you ...


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I was planning to travel for 3 days, the tickets have already been bought, everything has already been organized. How do I explain this to my new employer? Should I comment on this during the interview? This isn't usually a big deal at all. Bring it up after you've got an offer, when you are coming up with a start date. Many companies will let ...


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Your company has handled the matter in an acceptable although not spectacular manner. It was reasonable to ask you to postpone as long as they made up any financial loss and they apparently did. From a strategic view, what you need to learn from this is that it is better to book a vacation before a project deadline instead of after. The other thing you ...


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