First a question or two: Is there any update regarding the underpayment for stat hours in December?

It’s been a month since you told me you’d correct the issue with payroll.

When the new quarterly bonus program was explained, there was also a payout for “generic service award name that will not reveal what company I work for” awarded in the quarter, beginning with two. I got three. There was no mention of them with my bonus.

The Great West update:

Things the new attendance policy REALLY didn’t go out of it’s way to make clear:
Our Unnamed Company, for all intents and purposes, has decided that it does not pay sick days any longer, in spite of what’s written in our “offer of employment”. (An accrual rate of 1.2 days per month will force employees to choose EITHER vacation OR bank their vacation time as it accumulates, in the event of a future illness. They can’t have both, since one week off in the summer will effectively reduce the accrued time in the bank to 0. We no longer allow employees to “borrow” against future time, even though they WILL earn it, to pay sick days. The vacation time must be already accrued. We still let them “borrow” for vacation days, thus ensuring a continual negative balance = no sick days)

Great West has a waiting period of 7 days from the start of disability, for which employees get NOTHING.

For a company in the “EDITED TO PROTECT IDENTITY” business, this REALLY doesn’t seem to model the values we were sold on during our orientation. I continue to maintain that by looking to punish employees for absenteeism rather than addressing the morale issue at the heart of the problem is barking up the wrong tree. Watch this year as absenteeism becomes still greater attrition (something we can ill afford). Paid sick days are an attractive benefit. One we no longer offer. This seems a very shortsighted decision from a company that CAN be such a great place to work. Add to that wages $2.00-$3.00 an hour below the call center down the road, which DOES pay sick days, and it’s a good thing you have a revolving door.

Over a month since my first sick day in Jan.

Benefits paid to date in 2006: $0.00

Nothing you can do. I’ve already spoken to GWL.
That’s just the way it is. They operate under the assumption that my employer is paying sick time for
that first week, as MOST EMPLOYERS DO. Just thought I’d let you know what’s waiting for anyone else on the
team, should they become ill.

Grania

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