Surprise! I have to take some time off...
August 1, 2011 10:04 PM Subscribe
When should I tell my [part-time, food-service] employer that I'll be needing three months off because my husband will be away on work? I have to stay home and care for our toddler. Difficultiy: still on trainee-probation.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total)
My probation ends six days before he is scheduled to leave on work in September. I've been doing well at work and am fully trained in all basic aspects of the establishment. They've invested well over a hundred hours in me so far. Of course, this is the type of place that is used to a high turnover, but I was hired in a position that involved some additional training/investment on their part.
If I tell them with two weeks notice that I need leave, they will be within their rights to terminate my employment outright, no notice, nothing. If I tell them after my probation is up, with only 5-6 days notice and potentially screwing up one week's scheduling, they will be obligated to offer me two weeks work or pay in lieu of work upon letting me go, if that's what they want. At least that is my understanding of Ontario law. I may be wrong.
I have no doubt that if the status quo were maintained, they would keep me, but obviously this sudden need for leave throws a wrench in things. I have no reliable childcare options available that could allow me to keep working while he's away, even on a reduced schedule. So that's not an option.
How should I approach this with management? For what it's worth, we're a military family and this is a military community. I may find some compassion there, but maybe not. Ethically, I feel I need to give them two week's notice of my need for extended leave, but I also feel like that puts me in an incredibly vulnerable position.
Can I get some outside perspective here? It seems silly to stress over this keeping this kind of job, but it's the only accesible employer in my area for me, and I find the work fits me quite well otherwise. I feel awful at the prospect of having to lose it entirely. I wouldn't even have a reference to show for my time.
What do I do!?