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Old 09-25-2012, 06:16 PM   #21
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What is sick leave?

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #22
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What is sick leave?
It is what you get instead of a reasonable wage, such as at many government agencies. They are always hiring if you want some sick leave and crappy pay!

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Old 09-26-2012, 09:58 AM   #23
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In over 35 years of working, I called in sick just a handful of times when I wasn't really sick. A few times when a pet was sick and they wouldn't understand a few times when the alarm went off at zero dark early and I thought to myself "I just can't do this today". Then there were the many times I went into work when I really was sick because I "had to". Retired with nearly 700 hours of sick leave that didn't go toward anything.
I am done showing up deathly ill and dragging myself through for days on end. If I get sick, I am staying home and resting so I can feel better in 3 days rather than 3 weeks.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:47 PM   #24
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We have PTO rather than vacation and sick leave. It's all one bucket of hours.
For most of our sites (outside of CA) folks can only roll over 40 hours/year. So folks use it over Christmas - the place is a ghost town.
California law mandates that you can roll over 1.5x your annual accrument. So we're not quite as much in the use it or lose it.
Oh - and the bucket stops being filled when you hit that 1.5 times/annual amount. So even in California we have folks forced to take PTO or lose it.

No way to acquire 700+ hours. Several of my coworkers consider it a badge of honor to not take it - and therefore be dumping a paid benefit. me.... not so much. I keep about 3 weeks on the books (for an emergency) - and use the rest.

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