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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    One of our kids was in ICU after nearly dying, DH called in to get the next day off work (just one day, knowing we would be there for a few weeks at least if our kid pulled through) and the boss said 'look *****, we all have things going on in our lives, but still make it to work, just because you're a parent doesn't give you the right to absences without notice'.

    DH has no balls (I hide them in the freezer), so he instead swapped his shift with a coworker who was a little more empathetic.

    He later complained to the bosses superior and they put out a notice on their 'family friendly employer' policy.
    Wtf! Talk about no empathy! That's disgraceful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Oh no bexter... Can you get a disability/carers payment for your daughter?
    I get carers allowance not sure ill be able to get anything else. I am worried about what will happen once my son is 8 and I lose the single parent payment. But I've just enrolled in a counselling course so once it's all done I'm hoping I can work as a school counsellor and not have to stress about holidays. (I can't find a after school/vacation care that can handle her for the school holidays) so this alone gets me fired too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I called in to take a carers day as DS was sick and was told I had to come into work as there was nobody to cover for me. I had no choice but to leave him with my mother who had only just discovered she has cancer again.

    Can't wait to get the F out of there.
    What if you had no-one? Surely you are legally entitled to a day off. Couldn't your supervisor cover you? Is your work that time sensitive that a day without you would be catastrophic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    What if you had no-one? Surely you are legally entitled to a day off. Couldn't your supervisor cover you? Is your work that time sensitive that a day without you would be catastrophic?
    I dont believe so. I would have had to have taken him in I would think. I hadn't slept the night before due to his sickness so that was fun. My job is as boring as fk and they give me little to do so I wonder if it's a power thing but less than two months to go thank god!

    i have heard of parents with no help leaving young kids at home so they can make ends meet and while I don't condone it, I can see how they end up in that position if it's that or starve.

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    I am returning to work in less than 3 weeks part-time and DS is going into daycare.

    We have no family here so if DS is sick one of us has to stay home with him. There are no alternatives.

    An employer absolutely can't insist you come into work if you genuinely have to look after a sick child. If your employer does get ****ty about it then I would get a medical cert just to be on the safe side, because if they do take disciplinary action against you and you have that, then they won't have a leg to stand on.

    That's pretty extreme though!

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    Wow, it sucks that so many people have that problem . When I go back to work after maternity leave for about 12 months I won't be able to take carers leave but if there was a serious genuine need for it they'd swing it for me. It's just that it would put me behind in some things that I can't really afford (career wise for myself, it's not a problem for them) to be behind in.

    But when I've needed carers leave in the last 12 months it's always been given without a blink and with no need for justification. Just a "Oh, your kid is sick? Wow, that sucks, hope he's better soon. See you when you get back, let us know if it's going to be more than a couple of days" and that's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlissedOut View Post
    One of our kids was in ICU after nearly dying, DH called in to get the next day off work (just one day, knowing we would be there for a few weeks at least if our kid pulled through) and the boss said 'look *****, we all have things going on in our lives, but still make it to work, just because you're a parent doesn't give you the right to absences without notice'.

    DH has no balls (I hide them in the freezer), so he instead swapped his shift with a coworker who was a little more empathetic.

    He later complained to the bosses superior and they put out a notice on their 'family friendly employer' policy.
    That's awful!

    My DS2 wasn't in ICU but he was in hospital incredibly sick with rotavirus and my husband had to take a few days off because DS1 couldn't be near DS2 in case he caught it too, and I couldn't look after a rowdy 3 year old as well as my poor DS2 who was 15 months old at the time - DH's old work were absolutely awful to him about it, then again they are also the ones who tried to give him a written warning for leaving work in the middle of the day when I suffered from a placental abruption and was taken to hospital at 38 weeks pregnant. So glad he doesn't work there anymore.

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    Why won't you be able to take carers leave Eko?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    DH's old work were absolutely awful to him about it, then again they are also the ones who tried to give him a written warning for leaving work in the middle of the day when I suffered from a placental abruption and was taken to hospital at 38 weeks pregnant. So glad he doesn't work there anymore.
    Wtf? I hope they got put in their place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanutmonkey View Post
    That's awful!

    My DS2 wasn't in ICU but he was in hospital incredibly sick with rotavirus and my husband had to take a few days off because DS1 couldn't be near DS2 in case he caught it too, and I couldn't look after a rowdy 3 year old as well as my poor DS2 who was 15 months old at the time - DH's old work were absolutely awful to him about it, then again they are also the ones who tried to give him a written warning for leaving work in the middle of the day when I suffered from a placental abruption and was taken to hospital at 38 weeks pregnant. So glad he doesn't work there anymore.
    Ugh, that sounds awful!

    DH needed the day off to watch our toddler at home while we waited for family to fly in from overseas to watch the one at home.

    His boss is in her late 40s with no kids by choice and always goes on about her kid free lifestyle. So I really think she just has no realistic concept of what being a parent is like.


 

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