Janice Reed
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Paid time off is an important part of employee benefits that you should review carefully and make the best use of it. We have a great resource that helps you examine and manage your paid time off benefits. I think there are two critical elements to think about:

  • Planned paid time off: this usually involves your travel or vacation plans of the year. Make sure you are proactive in planning your calendar and let your team know in advance to coordinate the work flow.
  • Unplanned paid time off: this usually means sick or other personal situations that come up. Communication again is the absolute key especially during the time of pandemic. We see lots of members taking sick leaves but experiencing many miscommunications with their employers that end up losing wages or even jobs. That’s why it’s also very important to communicate proactively and clearly about the workplace policy (which could be subject to constant changes due to the current COVID situation). Make sure everything is documented through paperwork or emails. And also explore other potential benefits such as short term disability insurance to see if there can be some safety net to pay the bills.

Learning more about your benefits and rights can help you maintain your work life balance while ensuring your job security. How do you usually manage your paid time off?

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Wayne Martin Jr

No PTO can be used until a year at the company. This is what happens when you’re employed by a foreign entity.

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Ford Simpson

Everbody seems to take advantage of your time off. If they authorize it,they being management,have to stick to their word's.I stick to mine,Ford

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Lin Lin

I requested time off a1-1/2 months ahead of time but supervisor never texted me back yes or no. 2 weeks prior to my leave, she texted me back “please stay, an employee had Covid so we ran out of substitutes.”

The other supervisor texted : no need to fill out leave request form if it’s less than a week so I didn’t submit form in writing.

It’s 33 years old but their employee handbook is outdated.

Personal time off is PTO, which can be unpaid if it’s FMLA which is legal but employer often ignore it so supervisors didn’t get trained, especially small business owners.

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Ford Simpson

i have three weeks of paid time off,now its up to me to use them appropriately.

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Joseph White

Contract

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Joseph White

Direct contact all deserve the same courtesy

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Steven Laney

If you're not working you shouldn't get paid

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Brianna Peura

My coworker was out sick with COVID and very worried about the time being away from work. Thankfully our team is very communicative about the process and she sorted out all the details with HR. It's very overwhelming trying to figure this out while you're sick so it's best to keep an open line with your boss and familiarize with the benefits policy.

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Ryan O'Neil

At my last job they updated the paid time off policy and affected lots of ppl's rollover time and pay. It's definitely something to watch out for.

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Sara JonesCommunity Specialist
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I love the idea of looking into other benefits to compensate the potential unexpected time off. Thanks so much Janice!

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