Taking Leave

Speaking of handbooks, I can’t think of any duller reading material than an employee handbook. I don’t think I’ve ever really read it until yesterday. I needed to dive in to find out details about taking leave once our placement arrives.

Both my wife and I need to continue to work once we receive our placement. Finances dictate that. Oh, how great it would be for her to be a stay-at-home mom. But, we can’t, at least not in the near future. However, when the child arrives, we will be taking a few days off to have time to bond and adjust to each other.

Fortunately, I haven’t been that sick over the years and I’ve amassed a healthy pile of sick leave. Vacation’s another story. Going to Israel last year cleaned house and we’ve got another big family trip on the horizon this spring (hopefully with a child!). 

After reading up on our company’s policy on Foster Care, I saw only one obscure reference in the section about FMLA. A little confused, I e-mailed HR. It was at the tail end of a Friday, but next thing I knew the HR director popped into my office (somedays, I really like where I work) to get everything straightened out.

I’m glad we talked, becasue now I have a great understanding about FMLA and how leave works and all kinds of HR stuff that confused me greatly before. Long and short of it, for anything involving the child (adjustment period, court, planning meetings, dr’s appts, etc.), my company will let me use up any of my accrued leave before any unpaid leave kicks in.

He even said that we can work out alternative working schedules if needed and that I would qualify for voluntary leave donation if we get to the point where I’d have to look at unpaid time. This was great and unexpected news as we don’t have the best of benefits here; however this information was quite welcomed and very, very much appreciated!

Now, well  see what my wife’s company has to say. I feel like one more thing has been crossed off the list and settled. Simple things like knowing about leave go a long ways toward making sure your head’s in the game before facing so many other unknowns.

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About Andrew Sawyer

I'm a foster-adoptive dad that is raising two incredibly awesome boys with my super-talented wife and trusty beagle while trusting God to provide the strength and knowledge for each step of the way.
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