Comp/personal/sick time?

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Comp/personal/sick time?
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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 11:35am
I realize this is an old topic, but it's fairly new for me.

In my current job, we are allowed 5 hours per week (paid) for Dr.'s appointments, childrens emergencies, or personal reasons. This doesn't accumulate, so you can't *not* use it, and bam, take a week off. But it's there if we need it, and my particular clinic doesn't take advantage of the time.

We also earn comp. time for working holidays, and one personal and one sick day per month.

I had to take off yesterday to pick dd up from basketball camp, and had put in for it to be unpaid. Payroll called, I had comp time. Did I want to use it?

My original intentions for working holidays are to accumulate the time for emergencies during the school year. So, I chose instead to use a personal day. To me, the comp time is much more valuable than OT. :O) Selfishly also, I don't mind working most Holidays. No one else is, and it's usually, a fluff day. I'd much rather take a day off during the week if needed.

Just as a general idea, how do you utilize your comp time? Yourself? Family emergencies? Sick kids? Vacations? Or, do you take the check at the end of the year?

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 11:37am
I don't get comp time. I get 19 days off per year of employment, to be used however I wish.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 11:50am
I get a lot of sick time and vacation time at my job. Eight days per month (doesn't accumulate) of sick time, and 4 weeks of vacation per year (it does accumulate from year to year)

The nice thing about my job is because I'm in a "management" position I can call in late, I can work from home one day, I can take off if I really need to in the middle of the day and everyone is very understanding.... I don't lose any of my sick or vacation time for situations like that. All my OB appointments are a block away from my office so I tell the receptionist "I'll be back in an hour" No problem! But I make sure I never abuse this privilege and I'm usually here at my desk ALL day, even during my lunch hour.

Right now, I'm accumulating all my vacation time for my maternity leave. DH's job is very flexible and his boss is very cool about dr's appointments also. He's taken DD to the Dr. for her past 2 appointments because I had big projects at work that I'm trying to complete before I go into labor.

So far, I have about 5 weeks accumulated time for my maternity leave.

Ana
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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 12:04pm
I can get comp time for working overtime (I can also opt to be paid) and comp time carries over from year to year. I actually don't know about time off for doctor's visits, I should check that out. Sick time is up to 2 weeks per month and one can also take up to 60 days per year per sick child. Sick time does not accumulate and cannot be cashed out at the end of the year. I have nearly 6 weeks vacation time right now and a lot of parental leave left over for my daughter (about 130 days worth). Usually, I use the sick leave for the kids if they are home sick and save the parental leave for vacations or days when school is closed. I am working on saving vacation (it can be carried over from year to year) and using the parental leave instead because the parental leave will be lost when dd turns 8.

I have accumulated a lot of overtime (I think about 40 hours worth by now) and I really like having this as it gives me a lot more flexibility if I have to leave early for some reason or another.

Laura

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Fri, 07-25-2003 - 12:19pm
On-the-books comp time is banned here, but supervisors are given discretion to grant it informally on an ad hoc basis. However, if anyone catches you keeping records of it, you will hear about it. Offering documented "comp time" to unclassified employees in so many words can void their unclassified status, which means that a company could be liable for back overtime if that employee decided to sue. We don't have any classified employees at all, everyone here is salaried.

That said, I've been here 10 yrs., and my job requires that I stay on projects and keep them moving 24/7, so I can pop out for a Dr. appt almost any time I need to, or leave a bit early on occasion if DS needs me. I can use my sick days for family illness. These days, I'm salaried part-time on a 32-hr. workweek, and I don't accumulate sick leave any more, so I'm pretty careful to try to schedule appointments on my off day. I do still accumulate vacation time, but I usually only use it for trips out of town that will last at least 5 days. If I only need a day, I just shift my off-day to that day in a particular week.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 12:39pm
At my job, I can accumulate 15 days of vacation/year and 15 days of acute sick leave/year.

I don't get other days off for doctor's appointments and so far, I don't have any comp time. If I work holidays or weekends, they just pay me extra for it. I can't choose to take comp time instead.

I haven't used any sick leave because I'm saving it for maternity leave (hopefully).

I've used vacation time to go to the doctor's, to take my dd to her doctor's appointmets, if my nanny needed time off, when my dad needed surgery and I needed to help him, for me to get my haircut, etc.

Actually, one of my new responsibilities at work later this year will involve my working some evenings and they tell me that those extra hours may = comp time for me. I haven't decided exactly what I would do with that time, but I probably would end up using it as I earn it for things (above) that I have been using vacation days for.
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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 2:29pm
I don't get any sick days or comp time where I work, just vacation days. I usually plan out my vacation days at the beginning of the year. If I have some that I don't have plans for then I may use them for a sick/personal day but other wise I just take time off unpaid if needed.



DH does get personal plus vacation days. If he needs an entire day off then he uses a personal day (or vacation if he has days that won't get used) but if he only needs a couple of hours off (doctor appointment etc) then he will sometimes take it as unpaid if he will still get over 40 hours in but if taking the time off will put him below 40 hours then he will uses personal hours for it.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 2:55pm
My situation is totally different. i simply have a billable hour requirement, tracked monthly, based on the number of billable days in the month. This month, my minimum billable hour requirement is about 175. If I need to be out of the office, as long as my work is done and I am not MIA, no one cares. If I take a vacation, as long as my work is done adn my hours are met, no one cares.

At my last firm, we also had billables, but they were tracked quarterly. You had to bill at least 535 hours per quarter. As long as you billed, no cared cared what hours you actually showed up to work. (They issue laptops and blackberries so you are always in touch.)

Now before you think "wow, 175 is so easy," keep in mind this is a billable hour, not an hour worked. you can easily work 10 hours and only bill 8 of them.

Anyway, this is roughly how it works for timekeepers at every lawfirm I know.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 3:20pm
True, but it can work the other way round, too. You can also bill 8 hours and only work 6 of them, depending on what the firm's minimum increment is. Around here, the silk firms bill at .25.

DH's monthly minimum is 178, their increment is .1 minimum. He's a bit behind today, because he spent 9 hrs. yesterday driving r/t to a deposition that got canceled at the last possible minute.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 3:37pm
We bill on the .1 too. I don't know anyone who bills .25 anymore. That would really be a boost to my hours.

Your dh still got to bill for the depo though, didn't he? That would pi$$ me off if I did the 9 hour drive and lost the day. (and I've had that happen--drive there to find out it was changed and have to drive back, but I still bill it, because were it not for that client, i sure as hell wouldn't have driven into nowhere, TX.)

I really wish we had vacation days built in. I always just have to work 12 hours days for two weeks if I want a couple of vacation days somewhere.

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Fri, 07-25-2003 - 4:11pm
Oh man, don't even get me started. I've worked in the telecommunications industry for one company for 22 years (this past July 20th!!). I had 20 vacation days, plus 7 personal days totalling 27 days. On top of that, I could take sick time. We weren't given a set amount and it never accumulated, but if you were sick, you took a sick day.

Our company was sold to a defense contracting company in the late 90s. For three years they didn't make any changes to our benefits or days off. However, after that 3 years was over, the sh!! hit the fan. I now have a total of 24 days that I can take off for vacation *and* sick time (we're not talking extended disability - just regular old sick days). You can't get more than 24 no matter how many years service you have. I was looking forward to getting an extra 5 days in my 25th year and was looking forward to having 32 days total. That's all gone down the old poop shoot. No comp time. Ever.

This is one of the few gripes I have about my employer.

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