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04/02/2013 at 12:33
And there's no one else around to take care of them...
Take unpaid time off for dependants? Take holiday? Or does your employer let you work from home?
04/02/2013 at 12:37
It's rarely happened that there hasn't been anyone to look after C when he's been poorly, but the couple of occasions there hasn't been, me or MrDD have taken a day's holiday. I can work from home, but I can't really work properly if I've got C to look after as well, and I'd prefer to use holiday that have a day unpaid.
ETA - I also have the option to change my day off if I need to and can get childcare on that day instead (don't work Thursdays), work are pretty flexible and my boss is great
04/02/2013 at 12:39
H and I take it in turns to have a sick day/carers day. My work will only give carers days for specific things so when L had a febrile convulsion and was hospitalised I could have a carers day but when he had chicken pox and coukdnt go to the cm I had to take an authorised leave of absence, h didn't get a carers day when L had d&v and it went as unauthorised absence but he went to the union and they had it overturned and he gets carers days now. My work will allow shift swaps if staffing levels are ok so iv only had a few absences really.
04/02/2013 at 12:42
I'm lucky in that I take the time off and my work don't say anything. H is self employed so if it's a long illness we alternate care for L.
04/02/2013 at 12:45
This has happened to me today. I just rang in and explained. H and I will take alternate days until he's better. I expect it will probably come off my leave balance but they may give me the day. Will see tomorrow.
If both me and H are at work, I phone in stuck. Its a day to stop you phoning in sick and just pay the hours back when you can, which is pretty easy for me as I only work 2 days a week.
04/02/2013 at 12:46
It has only happened once and I took carers leave.
04/02/2013 at 12:48
my work let me work from home, and so do my husband's so we share it out between us
it's ok when the kids are properly ill, it's the days that they are almost better to go back that are the hard ones as they need more attention then!
04/02/2013 at 12:51
We alternate mon - wed then i am around on Thursdays and my mum is around on fridays. We are lucky as both our works are very accomodating. I can work from home so can make up hours once the children are in bed. My husband teaches so sometimes he can just go in for his classes and then come home again (he is very local) so we can both usually manage a full day and get each others back if needs be. It is hard though - having to make the call at 6:30am about what to do and working out who has the most important day can sometimes get a bit political!
04/02/2013 at 13:42
I would have to take carers leave or put it down as sick. H gets unpaid carers leave so he can't afford to take time off. Although he can be more flexible with his hours.
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