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    It is hard. Lucky for me my kids rarely get sick, however what frustrates me is when they have appointments with specialists etc; there is never any available in the afternoons when I finish work, I always have to take the whole day off, just for one appointment.

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    Last year I had a back up babysitter for DD, while this was great for work attendance it was expensive as I was paying daycare and a sitter at the last time.

    Last week I had to leave early to pick up DD from daycare as she had a temp, the next two days after that she came to work with me, I have my own office and took a child fold out lounge and the iPad and pens and paper, I'm lucky I can do that but I couldn't do it regularly. It's hard, all the mums in the office are having a terrible run with kids this winter but we have all hung in and covered and supported each other.

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    its so hard at times

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    It is hard because we live in a patriarchal society. Everything is set up to benefit single white males. (specifically those at the top of the food chain)

    If it is any comfort, all Mums are in the same boat.

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    I can't complain. I work in government. My workplaces have always been flexible re kids. I used to have ds1 in my office with me until he was crawling. Had his portacot and bouncer set up in my office. I have ds here at work with me for an hour after school 2 days a week. He reads and does his homework. And as far as having to have time off when the kids are sick work has been great then too. And we don't have family we can call on so we just have to take time off when the kids are sick.

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    I hear you!

    My DH hates taking days off but we do split it, he has just started a new role at his work and is freaking out about taking time off that he will loose role.

    I am lucky i am the only one in the office here so if i really need to i can bring DS with me, i bring ipad and he just sits and plays, i normally just do a half day on those days.

    I have 0 sick leave days left, i think i've taken 2 for me the rest have been for DS.

    I'm so over winter and it's sickness, plus even though he has grommets he is still getting ear infections

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    Personal / carer's leave is an entitlement and they can't invoke disciplinary action for him exercising a workplace right - it's illegal (look up adverse action if you want more info). He just needs to make sure he follows their processes in terms of notifying them that he will be taking personal / carer's leave and providing evidence (medical certificate or stat dec) then there is nothing they can do.

    I hope your run of illness and injuries is over now!
    Was just going to write this. If they do keep at this I suggest he keeps a diary with what happened when and who he notified.

    At my workplace just to cover butts we always scan and email our boss a copy of the medical certificate and say something along the lines of "hard copy is in your intray" so there's a record electronically and note that the hard copy was given too


 

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