Family Emergencies

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  1. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    Hi,

    What counts as a family emergency? My mom is having back surgery on the 19th and that doesn’t fall on the weekend so I’ll have to take off during the week; does this count?

    Best regards, John
     
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  3. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    Emergency would be like an auto accident or heart attack or similar.
     
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  4. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    What constitutes a family emergency is up to you, not your employer. If you need to be home, tell them to make it happen. If they won't allow it, find a new job.
     
  5. rachi

    rachi Road Train Member

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    They hear it all the time from drivers needing off due to 'family emergency' and they tend not to believe it.
     
  6. farmerjohn64

    farmerjohn64 Road Train Member

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    That’s pretty much what this boils down to for me; no way in hell im gonna not be there and hundreds of miles away
     
  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    My opinion on this will fall close to the middle. Of course, be there it's your mom! You have two weeks of advanced notice. Just communicate this to your company and take the time off. It's the all the sudden situations especially when out that can tend to get under operations skin a bit. Use some common sense and communicate, you should be OK!
     
  8. GoneButNotForgotten

    GoneButNotForgotten Medium Load Member

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    Precisely. What hurts your case right now would be you telling them you are going to have an "emergency" two weeks into the future. You are really asking for personal time off to deal with a family situation.

    Good luck!
     
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  9. farmerjohn64

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    Thanks
     
  10. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Medium Load Member

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    Hopefully you’ve already gave them advance notice. But 2 weeks is more than enough time to get you home. But since it’s important make sure you talk to multiple people about it so the whole team knows what’s going on
     
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  11. farmerjohn64

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    I’m going to when I stop
     
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