giving a negative reference for a nightmare employee, I don’t want to come back after maternity leave, and more

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During his short tenure, nearly all the staff quit, there was a hostile work environment investigation, and relationships with partners ranging from foundations to long-term consultants were ruined. You definitely can’t give a reference that leaves out the worst parts. I don’t think I want to come back from maternity leave. I also didn’t want to burn bridges at my organization or have my boss think I was any less committed to my job before I went on leave.

“While on Maternity Leave, can I attend a trade conference?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

As a general rule of thumb, it’s the Mother’s Leave of Absence; she is free to do as she pleases while on it. In my 30+ years as an employment attorney, I have never heard of any law or company policy that stipulates what a new Mom can do, or cannot do, while on her Maternity Leave. It is her right, her leave, her time, her baby, and her business what she does on that leave of absence. Considering not returning after Maternity Leave?

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my company is sticking us with part of the hotel cost on business trips, workload while boss is on maternity leave, and more

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My company wants to put a cap on how much employees can spend on hotel rooms during business-related travel. They can do that*, but if their cap doesn’t cover the cost of a reasonable hotel room under the conditions they give you — such as last-minute travel, delays on their end that cause higher prices, or expensive cities — a reasonable company will be receptive to you pointing that out. My workload will plummet while my boss is on maternity leave.

What life would look if we said no to work-life balance (and a nod to Amazon, of course)

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Or they work long hours for a decade and then they quit to have kids. Or they travel for five years and then start a career. For example, the company paid for two full-time nannies so I could travel with no notice. Netflix giving unlimited maternity leave ?

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Marissa Mayer becomes CEO of Yahoo, and proves women cannot have it all

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She has announced she’ll take only two weeks maternity leave. Leaving kids at home so you can do a big job at the office is old news. “It’s hard to think of a time when a CEO of a major listed tech company has gone on maternity leave.

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my new coworker is my childhood bully, getting people stop with replying-all, and more

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For what it’s worth, I’ve read quite a few accounts of former childhood bullies and people who confronted their former bullies, and apparently it’s not uncommon for the bullies not to even remember that they were horrible to a particular person! The temp position came about because a key employee in the research department went on maternity leave, and they needed someone to cover. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My new coworker is my childhood bully.

employee got pregnant to avoid working on Christmas, did I burn a bridge with a former manager, and more

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During this time of year, she tries to make the schedule as fair as possible to accommodate people’s travel, time with family etc. This new baby arrived a few days before Thanksgiving, and she’ll probably return from maternity leave around the same time next year. My friend thinks she should speak to this employee when she returns from maternity leave. I think she should leave it alone. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

my office is in the lunchroom, I can’t get people to answer pages, and more

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I am on maternity leave and really don’t want to go back there and work in that environment. Either way, I’d still raise it with your manager, especially since you’re at the point of wanting to quit over it. I was offered a job after my internship but want to travel first. However, I would like to travel before accepting this job, which had already been in my plans after I complete my internship. It’s five answers to five questions.

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new coworker keeps asking if I hate him, dinner with coworkers on business trips, and more

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This questions pops up at least every other week in different formats and I dodge it as best I can, because quite frankly I do. I am new to business travel, and have found that I am expected to eat dinner with my coworkers every night. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. New coworker keeps asking if I hate him. In my department, there are only three positions, and one has been something of a revolving door for a couple years.

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should I take the blame for my manager’s mistake, CEO wants to reimburse us for political contributions, and more

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Job offers, travel, and notice periods. I know that this particular employer moves quite slowly in their hiring process so I was thinking I’d be able to delay a start date with them until past my trip. My concern is whether it is acceptable for me to mention the travel plans if an offer is extended. Yep, if they make you an offer, explain the travel plans and negotiate for that time off as part of your offer negotiations. It’s four answers to four questions.

interacting with coworkers’ kids, coworker is inappropriate in front of guests, and more

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Sometimes coworkers on maternity leave will bring in their new babies to meet those in the office. Three days of sick leave is ridiculous — you could wipe that out in one go if you had an injury or the flu. The coworker is occasionally quite inappropriate. This is business; people leave, and it’s often at inopportune times. The late nights, the travel, etc…just done. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

claiming reimbursements for fake expenses, rude interviewers, and more

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This means that there is quite a bit of carpooling, because the cast is responsible for getting to shows that don’t require overnight stays (for overnight stays there is bus transportation). It’s definitely a plus, but I accepted the job because I love performing and traveling. Since this is someone I’d be working quite closely with in either role, I’m withdrawing from the application process. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

terse answer Tuesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I guess I’m hoping that employers will view my gap as a maternity leave (which is what it would have been had we not moved) and they will view that more favorably than extended unemployment, but maybe that is the wrong way to look at it.

wee answer Wednesday: 7 short questions, 7 short answers

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What do I need to know about when I’m leaving a job? What are the things that should come up when you leave a job? I travel quite a bit to both the main offices and client sites. Do you have any resources for planning for maternity leave? Be matter-of-fact: “I’m pregnant, I’m due on X date, and I’m planning to take X amount of time for maternity leave. It’s wee answer Wednesday! Here we go… 1.

mother bought me plane tickets without asking me if I could get.

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Our tickets have been purchased and I am scheduled to leave in two months. Generally you accrue a certain amount per pay period, which means that after working half a year, you’d have accrued half of your annual leave (five days). And just leave it off your resume.

Performance Improvement Plan a Fraud? – Here’s 12 Clear Indicators

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Fitting that description, I have found most Performance Improvement Plans are designed to (a) create a false record, to (b) intimidate, humiliate and infuriate employees, (c) to induce them to quit, get sick, or engage in misconduct, (d) to achieve their resigning or engaging in misconduct, all to (e) reduce headcount without severance or risk of lawsuit. Assigned Other Tasks, Activities, Travel. “Corrupt politicians make the other 10 percent look bad.”. – Henry Kissinger.

forced to come to work sick, distracted manager, and more

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It’s common in food service jobs for workers to be pressured to come to work even when sick (and it’s an industry that often doesn’t provide sick leave), but your employer is being especially bad by ignoring a call with your doctor. I basically worked late on my last day and was nearly late to my own leaving do, to which she didn’t turn up. Asking about a small organization’s maternity leave policies.

short answer Sunday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

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I have a summer full of weddings that require traveling, graduations and a big trip that had been planned way before I started. Now I’m back at the same organization in a different department getting ready to take over for someone going on maternity leave.

is allowing smoke breaks unfair to non-smokers? — Ask a Manager

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Of course, everybody had the same smoke break at the same time, which doesn’t quite seem to be the situation for the person asking the question. Reply Slaten January 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm Unless you’re getting complaints from non-smokers I say leave well enough alone.

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I don’t want to travel for work anymore. I just recently returned to work from maternity leave. My job requires me to sometimes travel, and these trips are generally two night stays, though occasionally just one. Now, however, I feel quite differently about it. Travel is part of my job description, I’m just not willing to do it at this point. I’m not ready to just quit, but I am aware that broaching the subject might lose me my job.

fast answer Friday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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of a company and have been working there for two months while someone is on maternity leave. They had indicated that there would be a salary increase, but they have been quite vague about it in terms of a specific figure. If asked, I could say that I’m traveling, but if I always seem like I’m traveling, I don’t know what issues this would raise, if any. It’s fast answer Friday — seven short answers to seven short questions. Here we go… 1.

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Penelope Trunk

Second-choice escape from reality: Travel, which is not as valuable to your personal development as holding down a job. Travel is a procrastination method with quickly diminishing returns. " I had my first baby at 28 and quit working. Is this your first time here?