Should I Disclose My Stress Disability?

A question to Ask The Workplace Doctors about having a stress disability: 

I have been on a new job about 3 months. I have a disability where I get stressed out by life at times and have issues with interpersonal situations. As a result, at times, I need a few days to a week to recoup, speak with my counselor and just reflect on the situation.

I like the job and want to stay. This particular job is working for me where I am a telemarketer so I mainly interact with people on the phone and not so much in the office. When I am feeling well I am in top form — performing well. I have received several compliments from my boss.

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Unpaid For Vacation Time When I Resigned

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about not  being unpaid for vacation time upon resignation: 

I have a signed check that shows vacation hours at 264 hours and a letter from the accounting department stating sales staff can roll over their vacation hours annually. For my final paycheck, however, the owner is stating that per the employee handbook you cannot roll over vacation time. My final paycheck was short prior year’s vacation hours. I have not deposited the check and did not sign the document showing the reduced hours. I live in Colorado. Do I have any leg to stand on?

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Unpaid Travel

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about travel-time pay.

I am an hourly employee and was just told I will not be paid for the time I travel to a trade show even though it is on my day off. Is that legal in Utah?

Signed, To Go On My Own Dough

Dear To Go On My Own Dough:

We answer workplace communication questions, not legal. You might consult your state department of labor. I doubt that there is any law that employees must be paid for travel time to a show on a workday. Check with your personnel or Human Resources to learn more. If you don’t have a union that has negotiated such rules, you most likely must voice your displeasure and then determine to go or not to go.

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Demoted for Personality Conflict with Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about  pushed out: She writes harsh comments on my work and says she is doing this to push me to get to the next level.

I was working for an attorney in a specific area of law and I was the only assistant who had any experience in that area although I only had a limited amount of experience. That male attorney, whom I assisted, left the firm and they hired a woman lawyer and made me her assistant. I set up her practice and got her familiar with the files she inherited from the man who left. After a few months I was too busy and they promoted the floater in our firm (a much younger woman than me with very little legal experience and no experience at all in the lawyer’s area of practice) to assist me and the lawyer.

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Can Health Care Be Taken Out Of My Check?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about health care: Can I also tell my boss I don’t want health care, even though it’s not offered?

I work for a family owned company that has a total of 5 stores throughout the Chicago area and suburbs. I work about 25-30 hours a week and I do not have any dependents. I get 15% off my check for taxes. I see that some of that 15% says for medical care but my employer does not offer us health care. My sister said she told her boss she didn’t want health care so they are not discounting health care from her pay, though she works at a large company. Can I also tell my boss I don’t want health care, even though it’s not offered? Can it even be possible to take health care and not offer it?

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Can I Be Forced To Flex My Time?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about flextime:

Can a full time worker be forced to flex time?

Signed, Timed Out

Dear Timed Out:

Unless you have a legally binding contract about your working hours your employer can establish any kind of time schedule that works effectively for the business. A flexible schedule (Flex Time) can refer to a schedule in which the employee picks the hours he or she works, within a given time frame. Or, it can refer to a schedule in which hours and days vary according the needs of the employer.One thing that can help an employee in such a situation is to not assume that a proposed schedule is the only one available. Sometimes there can be some negotiation about a schedule. Even an hour either way can make a difference. Best wishes to you with this situation.

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Want A Raise Without Sounding Like A Blackmailer

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about money: How can I drop hints that I’m looking for new opportunities,without actually going for a interview?

I have been working for the company for 6 years and am part of a department of about ten people. However the job I do is very specific and I and another girl are the two that have the qualification and experience to carry it out. It’s a very important part of the company structure. She is leaving in 4 weeks time to take maternity leave and they are trying to recruit a temp to cover her for 9 months, (I’m more senior than her and earn £21,900 per annum. They are having great difficulty in finding someone with the skills and experience to take on the role. They are offering the job at £20k, however I heard they might now be willing to up this salary to try and get someone. The job is very busy and you need two full time people. If they don’t get someone in soon they will be in big trouble.

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Should I Train Others Before My Contract Expires?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about training: Training people was not in my job description. What should I do? Should I train them? Is this even right or legal? Should I quit?

I am a contract worker who has led many initiatives the company. in the beginning I was somewhat promised a job, but with new management this has changed. Now my boss wants me to train old employees for things that I have learnt through my $30,000 education. After that he wants to let me go. Training people was not in my job description. I am a recent grad in a field that is forever changing and my coworkers do not have the knowledge that I do. They last went to school over a decade ago. I have five weeks left in my contract. What should I do? Should I train them? Is this even right or legal? Should I quit?

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Unfair Holiday Leave

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about holiday pay:

Our work policy has always been 20 days for workers and 25 for managers pro rata; recently three of my colleagues have reduced their working hours to a 4 day week but have kept their 20 days this means now they get 5 weeks leave. I am expected to pick up the slack on the days they are not there but still only get 20 days which is 4 weeks; in effect I am doing more work for fewer holidays. I don’t believe this is fair I have approached my manager who says this is the agreement she made with them when they reduced their hours. Because of the nature of my job and because I need the income, I cannot reduce to a 4 day week and feel I am being treated unfairly.

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Employee Manipulates Her Work Schedule

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about scheduling:

We have an employee who is on an adjusted work week schedule, which has her off on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. She has been requesting Sundays off as a vacation day in order that she may have the whole weekend off. (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.) The schedule that the employee has is the one she chose. There are other options where the employee can work five days and have two off; e. .g. Sunday thru Thursday with Friday and Saturday off or Tuesday thru Saturday with Sunday and Monday off. (Instead she has chosen the one with Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday off.) I have spoken to the employee about having to hire overtime for the Sundays she had requested off, to no avail. I intend to give her a schedule with Sunday off if it is so important that she has it off. What do you suggest?

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