Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Your problem is you haven't staffed enough people. Don't know if that's your fault, or your superiors not providing enough of a budget. Surprisingly, many, many countries in the world handle this without issue... in fact, pretty much all of them do, except for us and, like, Thailand. Hint: you're not supposed to be running bare bones staffing levels. This is why America is dangling over a pit. We're stretching our existing work force far too much. Chances are your employees feel this on a daily basis and probably hate it.
smokinbuddha: I manage some folks (small staff but a large operation). I am increasingly frustrated by having so many disappear for maternity reasons (FMLA) or sick children at home. At the same time, I am sympathetic to people having children and a life outside of work.That said, my staff, like most in this financial climate, are a skeleton crew. If I lose one, it's a big deal and I have to pick up the slack. I am the one responsible. I have to make it work. Today, half are out for maternity or family sick time so I come in early and go home late.It is very difficult to keep things running when people are out. I hired you to work, and yet, I am doing the work. The liberal side of me is all for the most days possible for family; the manager side of me just wants you to show up to work.If you have never been in charge you don't understand. There are many reasons we are moving towards automation in every area possible. One of the reasons: robots don't fill out FMLA forms.
2chris2: Who pays for all that paid maternity leave in the countries which have it?
spiderpaz: Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.The needs of men don't matter - haven't you learned anything snowflake?
Contents Under Pressure: Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.Right, daddy needs to recover from that C-section or episiotomy too.
Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.
DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Much as it does not match reality, I can't really argue all that vehemently* with the belief that a kid should be raised by an at-home parent for a few years, and not sent to day care after 3 months, 6 months, a year, whatever.
LemSkroob: I feel no problem not paying someone for not doing their work due to a personal choice they made in life that isn't an option equally open to anyone else.I also dont enjoy taking on someone elses work, which they are getting paid for but not doing.you want to spawn? Get your affairs in order first.
slantsix: Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.In Canada, there's 'leave' which doesn't discriminate between parents, AFAIK. Mom wants to stay home the whole 12 months? Go for it. or dad? Or mom and dad (or mom and mom) want to split it somewhere down the line? No problemo.But hey, socialism and all that, am I right?
minuslars: Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.A couple of military guys I know got paternity leave. I'd never heard of it elsewhere.
NorCalLos: Not sure if this has been mentioned, but here in California, moms get 12-14 weeks of paid leave (6-8 weeks maternity leave and 6 weeks of bonding time) and dads get six weeks of "paternity leave" (it's actually called bonding time). If you qualify for FMLA/CFRA, your job is protected for that time as well and the payments are made through the same agency that handles disability/unemployment benefits (the Employment Development Department). I guess our high taxes and regulation are good for something.
Bedstead Polisher: Just did a quick Google search and you guys only get 12 weeks maternity leave in the US too? That's insane.
toraque: Oh, yeah, I keep forgetting. The world is an entirely different place when you have marketable skills that are in demand. Carry on with your thread.
busy chillin': abhorrent1: There's a woman at my work that had two kids in about a year and a half. She would take the full maternity leave, come back for a day or two, then take 4 weeks vacation. I say the leave should be on a sliding scale depending on how much vacation you have. Take the vacation time first and fill in the balance with leave./I'm a man, can I have maternity leave too?//NO!That is crazy. My wife had to use every sick and vacation day before she could get approved. So then she came back to work with no time off. But it was cool. I took a lot of time of and took the kids to the dr. There was a sign that said "Reserved for mom's with infants."Yeah, I parked there. Didn't figure they mean to be sexist.
Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: abhorrent1: There's a woman at my work that had two kids in about a year and a half. She would take the full maternity leave, come back for a day or two, then take 4 weeks vacation. I say the leave should be on a sliding scale depending on how much vacation you have. Take the vacation time first and fill in the balance with leave./I'm a man, can I have maternity leave too?//NO!You poor thing. Men are so oppressed.
big pig peaches: Yes there isn't a law at the federal level, but most states have there own laws.You would have to look at every state to figure out how bad it is. Never researched it so I couldn't tell you, but the US was based on the states making these decisions for themselves.
AngryDragon: Contents Under Pressure: Cymbal: And Paternity Leave? Oh wait, that doesn't even exist here.Right, daddy needs to recover from that C-section or episiotomy too.Actually, daddy needs to take care of baby while mommy recovers from that C-Section or episiotomy. Unless daddy is a loser or deadbeat.
libranoelrose: ikanreed: Australia isn't a 3rd world nation.reading is fundamental
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