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return to work - Guest - 04-26-2007 07:16 PM
I called HR today just to make sure they received the drs note I faxed them. ( I always follow up). Yes, he said he received it. He also agreed with my boss and wanted me off work still. I did mention to him that my boss wants me off work until im 100% better. HR said that sounds like a good idea. I sighed, he asked me what was wrong. I said as much as I would love to remain off work until im 100%, I lose my sick pay at the end of May and I will be without $$$$$. They all know that I have a little girl, with no child support. He paused for a minute and said, we can do 1 of 2 things for you, let me talk to my boss (the very head of HR) He said they can either extend my benefits and take it from next yr or they can probably create a desk job for me. Now, If they create the desk job for me, it will be a 75 mile drive for me one way. Knowing them, they would cover part of the gas, thats not a problem. Theyve done that for me in the past.
Can they make me drive that far to work 1 way? I dont want to be difficult, but yet, my car is 10 yrs old, has 140,000 miles on it, and a bunch of issues that I cannot afford to get fixed right now. The repairs exceed the value of the car anyway. My car wont make it a week of doing all that driving.
I know I was going to drive my car to vegas if we went, but after thinking about it, Id get stranded some place, so a rental car is what id have to get or fly.
This is still 6 weeks away from happening, I just like to be prepared.
PS. I did ask for the leave extension I was granted today to be sent to me in writing and he said no problem
RE: return to work - punk - 04-26-2007 07:31 PM
Sounds like you have it well under control from where I sit. As for your question of whether or not they can make you drive that far one way I'm not sure. I would think not, but then again, about the time I think out loud I'd be in a world of stink!! Know what I mean? To me, if they have work for you WHERE you were previously working that's what should happen, if not and would cause you undue hardship then I think they can't do it. Check on that. Simply tell them that by driving 140 miles roundtrip it would cause you a huge hardship. I wouldn't think you'd have to go into much detail, but if you feel the need to explain then by all means do it. Seems to me that I heard something like that when they were talking of returning me to work.....it didn't come to fruition so it was a moot point, but in your case...the possibility is great from the sounds of it.
RE: return to work - Guest - 04-26-2007 07:48 PM
Im a retail manager, there is no such thing as a desk job inside the store. Id have to go to corporate office. They dont want me working inside the stores if Im not 100%, to great a chance of getting hurt again. My boss doesnt want me back til im 100%, he doesnt want to deal with me. So, Id be working for someone else inside corp if this were to happen.
RE: return to work - monster - 04-26-2007 09:30 PM
Princess, if you have time can you PM me a list of known issues on your car (no hurry). It might take me awhile to get back to you (several days even), but I might be able to give some ideas or tips (maybe...). Not sure if I could help save you money, but I can always try.
What kind, year and engine size if you know it....please. Don't go hurtin' yourself to get engine size either...this means DO NOT go and raise hood!!! If you know, cool, if not that's okay
RE: return to work - red1030 - 04-26-2007 10:01 PM
Hi Princess ....does the leave extension include sick time or vacation time that you will accue when you go back to work? It seems like you have it all under control for you and your daughter. I am happy for you. Best wishes and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
RE: return to work - tweety00 - 04-26-2007 10:24 PM
way to go princess They finally are seeing the benefit of letting you heal first which in the long run wont cost them as much .... if all employers thought it that way not.......... ooo boy must push i/w so they will quit .
RE: return to work - Babebahn - 04-27-2007 03:15 AM
75 miles one way...are you kidding me! What does your attorney say?
RE: return to work - Lilly - 04-27-2007 07:55 AM
I'm happy they are willing to wait for you to heal 100%. I can't believe driving 75 miles one would be mandatory . Possibly they have offered this to you only because you have expressed your concern about "no money" coming in. Maybe they think you are willing to go to any length to earn a paycheck. The price of gas is certainly going to eat a chunck of your pay check if you were to drive that far. I just don't see where it would be beneficial to you monetary wise...or health wise either, as you porbably still won't be able to comfortably reach the steering wheel with your bad arm. In my mind, driving one armed is dangerous...I know, I'm still doing it and don't feel very safe either.
Hope you get it worked out, call your lawyer and discuss with him, as he most likely will have an opinion on the driving distance.
Take care, Lilly
RE: return to work - Lilly - 04-27-2007 07:57 AM
hi again...sorry for the mis-spelled words but meds have just kicked in....can ya tell? HA
RE: return to work - burniski54 - 04-27-2007 10:04 AM
Princess I have read all of your posts some made me laugh some made me cry. I hope your shoulder is feeliing better and getting stronger. Just a thought perhaps you could have your surgeon restrict your driving any long distance. I just sold my car cause I only have use of one arm. I was unable to back up safely and very unsure of myself. I agree with Lilly it is dangerous You are a definate inspiration to me and all others I'm sure. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your little girl