Bonus?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a bonus: Can she learn from this dashed hope of a bonus?

My girlfriend gets a yearly bonus based on sick days. Her practice manager informed her a few weeks ago that she could not take any more than 5 days. To date she has took 3.5. One of the owners said to her that’s you now lost your bonus. She replied that she had only taken 3.5 days and he says you only get 3 as you are part time. The practice manager said don’t worry I will speak to him and sort it out. read more

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? read more

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. read more

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. read more

Getting A Raise To The Market Rate

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion: My boss wants to keep me and said a raise will come with an eventual promotion (but I don’t know when that will be).

I’ve been in my current job coming to a year. I like my team (we’re HR), my colleagues, company and I love my work. Very often, I’m the one who takes on more assignments, projects and helps out in areas which should, by normal circumstances, be other people’s work. I had interviewed for a Senior Executive job but was offered a Manager’s role, but paid at an Executive level. read more

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? read more

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. read more

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? read more

How to Handle A Breach Of Contract

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about  overtime pay:

I work for a local authority as a support worker and in my contract of employment it states I shall be paid time and a half for working certain hours (weekends and unsociable hours after 8pm). I have not been paid anything except my basic rate. When I queried this I was informed that because I (and every single employee) did extra hours I forfeited my entitlement to the enhancements (this is NOT written in my (or anyone else’s contract). Also the service manager sent out an email to all managers requesting names of employees that had not signed the casual register (overtime). I would really appreciate your expert opinion on this matter. read more

How To Ask for a Raise?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about asking for a raise: I’m young (24) but feel very confident in my abilities and would like to approach the topic of a raise with my employers. (I also want to note that they are VERY difficult employers who are very tight with their money

I have been working for a company in sales administration and customer service for the past year. I’m young (24) but feel very confident in my abilities and would like to approach the topic of a raise with my employers. (I also want to note that they are VERY difficult employers who are very tight with their money even though they have a very successful business. A raise will be difficult to ask for as they are not easily approached.) My superior is leaving in 3 weeks and I will be automatically assuming many of her responsibilities. Although my employers have not discussed a title change or increase in responsibilities, I am currently working with my superior to learn additional tasks which will be my sole responsibility when she leaves.My employers have not approached me since my coworker gave her notice. I’m in an assistant position and now that she is leaving read more