When Sick Leave isn’t Enough & Employees Need a Leave of Absence


In last week’s post , I wrote about why paid sick leave is good for business. For most employees who are under the weather, a basic paid sick leave program can be enough to help employees recover from illness and minimize the risk of contagious employees spreading cold and flu germs around the office. But what happens when an employee’s time off for health reasons exceeds what you offer in your paid sick leave program? Know When to Give FMLA Leave Rights.

2014 103

Organizational Turnover Paranoia: What David Ogilvy Would Do?

The HR Capitalist

Now - I''m on the record as HATING long, one-say email missives that someone is leaving the organization. It won''t fit in every situation, but for voluntary terms where you like the person leaving, it has power. Ogilvy says nothing about having a heavy heart related to the employee leaving (which can cause panic and strife), he''s actually taking credit for GROWING the person in question - and the exiting employee is giving him credit for having done that.

2015 108

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

New Job for Career Growth?

Careers Done Write

While some workers have been thrust into career transition as a result of the economic downturn, many others are unhappy with their work situation and choose to leave on their own. How will I feel if this person leaves? Dear Deb, Since you revised my résumé, I have been at the same job for 3 ½ years. While I like the boss and the company, I feel there is no more room for advancement based on the company size.

2011 162

Can It Wait?


After the person leaves, you find yourself thinking ‘now where was I?’, In the world of business, we are all well aware of “interruptions” during our day. They consist of everything from that little email “chime” on our digital device, to telephones ringing (or vibrating), and coworkers stopping by for a chat.

2013 101

Dealing with a Jealous Co-worker

Careers Done Write

It is very tempting to tell all of your work friends what a jerk the jealous person is. Retaliation by down-talking the jealous person or seeking the sympathy of others is the wrong choice. This issue is between you and the jealous person. Leave everyone else out of it. Simply include the other person so they can be there to provide additional insight or lend a hand. The jealous person’s action is emotionally-based. Workplace jealously is common.

Retaining the Hourly Employee


Provide personal leave options for people to pursue other interests. Structure your workforce so its widely accepted to take an unpaid personal leave to travel on a band tour. Let them leave and take a break, they will quickly realize how good they had it. After you have spent so much time (and $$$) advertising , recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and training all of those hourly employees, how are you going to keep them?!

2013 113

“What is ‘after-acquired cause’ for firing?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

No charges were pressed, and he paid back what he owed the company, but after he repaid the money he was told that he was fired and lost his right to be paid for his unused personal and vacation days. If misconduct is discovered after a person leaves a job, we call this “After-Acquired Cause.” So, your friend’s employer said, in effect, “Employees who resign are paid for unused personal and vacation days, but employees that are fired are not paid them.

2011 130

When Important People Leave: Circle the Wagons and Fire Up the "Us vs. Them" Machine.

HR Capitalist

If you''re like most companies, you have people leave all the time. You don''t want them to go, but your business won''t collapse if they leave. What do you do when a truly key person decides to take his/her talents elsewhere? Or do you take it personally and subtlety let everyone in the organization know that they''ve made a mistake, and you''re going to crush them"? Look around - no one is really making it us vs them when key people decide to leave your company.

2013 60

Relocation Repayment and FMLA (another throw to the readers!)

Evil HR Lady

That said, in this last year, I have taken a 14-week maternity leave, which was partly paid, vacation, and partially unpaid. Do you know this affects my “one-year” tenure in the position, particularly the unpaid leave (which I believe was 5 weeks)? I would like to give them a decent notice if I should decide to leave the position (which I think is likely), but I also want to make sure that I have surpassed my one year mark officially.

2016 109

Maybe You Should Just Offer Reasonable Bereavement

Evil HR Lady

John Hyman has an interesting post on Bereavement Leave and FMLA. 8/26/10), an employee sought and received FMLA leave to care for her hospitalized husband. When he died a week later, she took three days’ bereavement leave. I'm not a fan of government stepping in and telling companies when they have to allow time off, but I am a fan of reasonable bereavement leave.

2010 144

Do I Stand a Good Chance of Getting a Job in This Economy?

Resume Bear

Use it to highlight all the reasons you are the right person for the job you are applying for. Any more risks losing your prospective employer’s attention; * Don’t be too personalleave out your marital status, date of birth, and that snazzy headshot. It seems like everyone’s talking about jobs and the economy these days.


Resume Help Blog

Managing Your Personal Brand with LinkedIn Categories Advertise With Us Advice and Articles Affordable Resume Software Affordable Resume Templates Auto Insurance Career Coaching Changing Careers Computer Training / Certificates Cover Letters Five Star Resume Writers Going Back To School How To Interview Help Interview Tips Job Search Tips Our Partners Resume Examples Thank You Letters Write A Resume THE NEW TAX CODE AND YOU! Personal income tax rates will rise.

2010 100

“If I am terminated for cause, can accumulated leave time and comp time be denied me?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Over the course of my employment I have accumulated significant “leave time” and “comp time” that, under normal circumstances, and according to the Leave Manual would be given to me in a lump sum upon separation. However, there is a fundamental difference between “comp time” and “leave time” when that rule is applied. . Leave Time (or Vacation Time) is very different; it is not a form of wages, but rather a benefit that is not required by law.

2011 116

Are You a Tool?

The Job Quest

How To Choose a Picture for Your Personal Brand Melissa Cooley Twitter: TheJobQuest August 31st, 2010 @ 11:23 am You are too funny, Jorgen! Showing Your Gratitude During the Job Search 3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Put a Photo on Your Resume How to Build Your Authentic Personal Brand When You Don’t Want to Lead at Work Taking on the “Greatest Weakness&# Question (Perspective #3) So, You Want a Career in Public Relations?

2010 121

How UnMarketing Can Help You Find A Job

Tim's Strategy

And you can also work to become a person of influence. A great example of him engaging his audience until the last person leaves. I’ve told you about him before. How he exploded like a cherry bomb on the stage at Blog World in October. And how he suggests we all stop marketing and start engaging. He also was the inspiration for my post titled 3 ways to be awesome in everyday life.

2010 82

you suck at firing people

Ask A Manager

Instead of addressing the problem, they put it off, or send coded messages rather than being clear, or just hope the person leaves on their own. Firing an employee s one of the hardest parts of a manager’s job … but it’s also one of the most important, because having the right people – and only the right people – on your staff will make a huge difference in how effective you are and how much you’re able to accomplish.

2012 52

Showing Your Employees You Care, On The Cheap


Giving your workers the opportunity to utilize flex-time in their work schedule will make it easier for you to accommodate reasons for personal leave like appointments. Pictured: Stocked Kitchen full of snacks and treats at Google’s Corporate offices. . Love is certainly lingering in the air following Valentine’s Day.

2013 97

HR Manager: “I Would Much Rather Hire Someone Who is Currently.

The Job Quest

It’s wonderful to hear that, as a hiring manager, you focus on the quality that a person can bring to your business. Cheryl July 1st, 2010 @ 5:47 am I always wondered why employers should be so obsessed with gaps in employment on a resume or what appears to be ‘job hopping’ People take jobs and then they leave. As for gaps on the resume…hello…the average person will stay in a job 3 years and have over 10 jobs/career changes in a lifetime.

2010 176

How to Resign Gracefully

The Undercover Recruiter

But no matter – you be the better person, leaving with every loose end tied up, and your head held high. You know you will cause your employer huge issues if you leave at such short notice. If you are leaving those clients for good, it’s the right thing to do by them, and by your employer who gave you the chance to build those relationships in the first place. You have got a new job! Well done.

2013 75

“Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a non-compete agreement I signed the first time I was hired?” Does leaving an employer, and then returning, relieve me from a non-compete agreement I signed the first time I was hired?” I have never seen a non-competition agreement provide that it is effective only the “first time I leave” the company, or, for that matter, “each time I leave the company,” either. Why Did You Leave?

2010 116

Performance Review a Problem? 16 Steps to a Robust Rebuttal

Sklover Working Wisdom

“The only perfect person. None of these can be proven, or disproven, and all are potentially either (a) made up (that is, falsified), (b) mental impressions without basis in reality, or (c) entirely capable of being based in personal animosity, discrimination or other improper motive. I always say to myself, “How could a person fail as an employee, as a leader and as a supervisor, and yet have his department achieve all of its assigned, objective criteria of success?”

2012 157

how can we stop people from coming to work sick?

Ask a Manager

We also offer six paid sick days, separate from vacation and personal leave.). People are far more likely to come to work sick if they don’t have a generous sick leave set-up. A reader write: What can I do about loose sick attendance policies in the workplace?

2020 44

6 Tips For Responding To “Do You Have Any Questions For Me?”

Career Realism

You shouldn’t ask questions about salary, benefits, parking, social clubs, or sick leave. Why did the last person leave this role? Seven words that strike fear into the hearts of many job seekers! You’ve applied for a great job, painstakingly crafted a targeted resume and cover letter, survived the telephone screen, and landed a face-to-face interview.

2014 88

how to fire an I.T. director who has passwords to everything

Ask A Manager

Unfortunately, people aren’t always dealing with best case scenarios, and far too often you only have one person with the keys to the kingdom. In that case, have someone else on hand who knows how to change passwords and get them before the person leaves. They need to give them to the company, just like they would turn in their company-owned phone or laptop, and having someone on site to change them means that you can verify they are correct before the person leaves.

2013 58

The Day I Got Married ?, Part 2: Solemnization and Marriage

Personal Excellence Blog

More Photos… And some more photos from our personal album… Addressing our audience Gazing into our future Man and wife :) To Ken: Before I met you, I didn’t know if there was anyone out there for me After I met you, I realized that soulmates do exist, and you are my twin soul Thank you for always showering me with unconditional love, kindness, and support I look forward to spending forever with you :).

2015 76

Time off for Exempt Employees

Evil HR Lady

As an exempt employee with an administrative definition, is sick leave deducted on 1/2 day basis, e.g., going home sick mid-day. It seems it would be standard policy to charge that time against sick leave. Also as an exempt, what allowances are in place for things such as doctor's appts or other personal appts, if you have used your personal leave days and come in late due to an appt, can that time legally be deducted from any remaining vacation benefit?

2008 100

I can’t seem to stop being late to meetings

Ask a Manager

I don’t know what to do anymore, because I was recently told by my manager that I should take some sort of personal leave for my health, but I feel it is disingenuous to put the onus on me in this way. So, where does that leave you? A reader writes: With COVID still in full force and us working from home for months now, I’ve had a recurring issue with me constantly being late to meetings.

2020 31

how to adjust to a new job with extreme flexibility

Ask a Manager

Everything can be done online, so often people just leave early and work from home or sometimes just don’t come in at all. A lot of days, I find myself done with my work pretty early and would love to beat the traffic, but I wait around until the last person leaves or until a little after 5 p.m. It seems that they would be fine if I starting leaving early as long as I’m finished with my work, but I’m nervous and I’d like your opinion first.

2016 20

salaried employees and missed days: when do they have to be paid?

Ask A Manager

The regulation states: “While an employer cannot make deductions from pay for absences of an exempt employee occasioned by jury duty, attendance as a witness or temporary military leave, the employer can offset any amounts received by an employee as jury fees, witness fees or military pay for a particular week against the salary due for that particular week without loss of the exemption.”. You can also apply the employee’s sick leave/PTO time if they have any.

2011 62

updates: the incompetent temp, the person who lacked ambition, and more

Ask a Manager

I am now leaving my current job and will be returning to my home country in August. Several interviewers mentioned how strong my cover letter had been and how they got a real sense of my personality and unique professional interests from it. It’s a special “where are you now?”

2020 31

updates: the manager’s peeing dog, dressing like your boss, and more

Ask a Manager

Your commenters have also been very helpful in making me reflect on Christy as a person rather than her management style, and though it’s not a fun feeling, I have come to accept that it’s okay to not like her because of this. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt as much as possible, but this isn’t the mark of a good person. Her supervisor was away on personal leave but when he returns, I will be reporting to him regarding her transgressions.

2019 26

sending an anonymous note to my wife’s employer, internships and equity, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s reasonable to tell your colleague that you don’t have the time you’d need to invest to do it legally, or that you don’t feel you could offer it to one person without opening up a broader application process. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2020 41

my boss approved a long vacation for me — but we can’t agree on the dates

Ask a Manager

When we planned this trip six months ago, I decided that I would ask for personal leave (unpaid time) and I would have to be mentally prepared for them to say no, and for me to walk away from my job at that point. My manager decided I would be the point person to develop new skills in order to support this project. When I first mentioned the desire for extended personal leave over a month ago, my manager was extremely understanding about prioritizing family, etc.

2018 20

update: my boss is rude to waitstaff

Ask a Manager

I had no less than six supervisors in my time there, starting with a programs supervisor, then the ED themselves, then our marketing manager (the one person there who I respected) then a new development director who did not last, then a second development director who, again, did not last, then a third development director who had been promoted and was now my supervisor despite me being there longer and having more experience in all aspects of the organization. It’s “where are you now?”

2020 25

When “Being Nosy” Can Be a Powerful Technique

Career Realism

9 Advantages to Subscribing to Our Site Career-Rx Interview Prep Tool 10 Steps to a Job Search Career Personality Test Attitude Adjustment Twitter 101 Am I Money Quiz Job Search Engine CAREEREALISM Toolkit Contact Us 9 Reasons to Subscribe FREE Webinars Premium Career Tools C3 = Career Coaching Clinic 144-Page e-Book Full-Service Career HMO ABOUT ABOUT US FAQ NEWS & MENTIONS OUR TEAM PRIVACY POLICY WHY WE EXIST AM I MONEY? Be that person!

2010 66

I miss my toxic old job, living with a coworker, and more

Ask a Manager

I had a high opinion of my direct manager as a person, though she often contributed unknowingly to the toxic environment at times. A third person in my performance review meeting. Is the senior person sitting in senior to your boss too? It’s five answers to five questions.

2020 34

when can you use someone’s first name, when to disclose salary, and more

Ask A Manager

you can start out with the person’s first name. I think a key indicator of a toxic workplace is when people leave frequently. In future job interviews I want to somehow ask “Why did the last person leave?” ” Or even better, “Why are people leaving the company?” Sure, you can ask, “Why did the person previously in this position leave?” It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2014 56

I lied to quit my job, how many microwaves should an office kitchen have, and more

Ask A Manager

I couldn’t come up with a solid reason to quit, so I lied and said that I was leaving town to follow my boyfriend. Do I write them off as a reference because I lied about leaving town and obviously the new jobs I am applying for are in the same town? Nice people support you in making decisions that are right for you and your career, and reasonable people know that people leave jobs all the time and it’s rarely personal. It’s five answers to five questions.

2014 61

Maybe You Should Just Offer Reasonable Bereavement

Evil HR Lady

Tuesday, November 09, 2010 Maybe You Should Just Offer Reasonable Bereavement John Hyman has an interesting post on Bereavement Leave and FMLA. 8/26/10), an employee sought and received FMLA leave to care for her hospitalized husband. When he died a week later, she took three days’ bereavement leave. Im not a fan of government stepping in and telling companies when they have to allow time off, but I am a fan of reasonable bereavement leave.

2010 104

sharing resumes with coworkers, should I have to plan a going-away party for my cubicle mate, and more

Ask A Manager

It’s absolutely fine to share information about applicants, including their resumes, with others within your organization; in fact, it’s common practice in many companies to share them within your department, or with other departments who might have an interest in a particular candidate, or to share the resume of the new hire with your whole team before the person starts. I have sat next to this person for nearly 2 years, and yes we talk a lot and have laughs.

2014 59

are my clients hiring me to do work their companies believe they’re doing on their own?

Ask a Manager

It has happened twice (among 20ish contracts) that I find out some time after I’ve started a contract that the client is personally paying me for work for their company (where they are an employee, not founder/owner). So I don’t personally write invoices to my clients or have their payment information, which is why I don’t know I’m begin paid personally rather than through their company. How will you track down payment if the person disappears?

2019 24

company only approves new hires once a year, “use it or lose it” vacation policies, and more

Ask A Manager

California prohibits “use it or lose it policies”; all vacation days must roll over and be paid out when an employee leaves, although employers can put a cap on the total amount of vacation time you can have accrued at any given time. If an employee leaves then we’re expected to fill that gap with work done by other people until the next “hiring cycle” rolls around and we can put in a request to get a req approved to replace that person.

2013 54

my boss doesn’t trust my answers or my ideas — and keeps double-checking what I say with others

Ask a Manager

The person who I replaced, Fergus, wasn’t exactly a rockstar, and we’re still uncovering his legacy of mistakes or half truths. Or he might give you a BS answer that doesn’t leave you feeling any better at all. A reader writes: I’ve been at my job almost six months. It’s a wonderful job at a fantastic company. But there’s this one issue that I can’t get past: my boss never trusts my answers or creative solutions.

2019 26