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Family Life

Family Time

Why work if you can’t enjoy some quality time?

“34 minutes the amount of time the average family gets to spend together each day.  Article New research reveals one in four parents feel too busy to spend enough time with their kids Long working hours, lengthy commutes and exhaustion are partly to blame. When families do spend time together it’s often filled with non-active events like the cinema, television nights or computer games. But the appetite for change is there as 86% of families say they are always on the lookout for activities they can do together. New Highland Spring campaign, fronted by Judy Murray and backed by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), calls on 10,000 families to get active together this summer.” – Highland Spring Group

Time with family goes without saying; is IMPORTANT.  There are some many issues that may come up in regards to family, but the one thing one should always remember, despite the pressures of the job, family comes first.  Even the company recognizes this fact on the highest levels, the unfortunate part is you may not be able to tell how much the company does care about you and your family on your level.  This section will provide some of the basic information that you can add to your tool kit as far as dealing with family issues.  The company does respect the fact that it’s employees do have personal issues at home and allows you to the time necessary in order to take care of these issues. 

It is you need in order to deal with these issues.  They will not take issues will not take care of themselves if you don’t start taking the first step in addressing them by taking the necessary time off to deal with them.

This is the one section that I take serious as should you.  You are the only one that can take care of your personal or family issues, no one else.  Don’t be afraid to exercise all the rights you have in taking care of your family business.   Good luck.

Giving it away for free

Holidays and days off

Many look forward to weekends, vacations and days off.

Working on your days off and vacations.


Permanent Disability

Key Phrase:  The Company shall be required to negotiate with the Local Union prior to providing a reasonable accommodation to a qualified bargaining unit employee.

coming back to work

Key Phrase: An employee who seeks to return to work after a medical leave of absence (including a leave of absence covered by Workers Compensation) or after an absence caused by a chronic or recurrent condition may be required by the Company to submit a doctor’s report. The Company may also require the employee to submit to an examination by the Company doctor.

FAmily business

State and Federal Programs Programs

A list of some of the programs that allow one to have more family time for personal reasons.

Family Leave Act

FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.

Paid Family Leave


Paid Family Leave provides eligible employees job-protected, paid time off to:

Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.


Funeral Leave


what They’re Saying

Food for thought…

The daughter of a friend of mine recently left university and entered into the world of work, taking on a temporary office job. At the end of her first week at work, she phoned home in tears. ‘It’s horrible,’ she complained to her mother, ‘there’s no time to do anything else. I’m so tired when I get home in the evenings that all I can do is watch TV. And then I have to get up early the next morning and do it all again! If this is what work is like, I don’t want to spend my whole life doing it!’

We take it for granted that work must be a major part of our lives—in fact, for many people, it’s the primary aspect of our lives. We define ourselves, and other people, by our job roles—‘So what do you do?’—and measure our happiness in terms of how successful we are in these roles. Forty hours a week, 48 weeks a year, for up to 50 years—not including traveling time, and the time we spend resting and recovering from the exertions of our working lives.

Is this really what we were born for? Is this really what life should be about?

Steve Taylor, Ph.D. "Working our Lives away"

Balancing a demanding job with your personal relationship–whether it’s with a significant other, spouse, partner, children, or some combination of the above–is something millions of people do every day, some more successfully than others.

Much of the time, when one partner sees the other as working too much, there’s no ill will intended but it can still create a lot of hurt. The hurt leads to anger, making conflict just about inevitable.
And while every relationship is different, and sometimes work is more of a proxy for other issues than a source of discord in itself, there’s no doubt that work-life imbalances can put a strain on couples and families.

Elizabeth Grace Saunders "What to do when your crazy-long hours are ruining your relationship.

However, other studies have not established such relationships between overtime work and decreased health. Work shifts lasting 9–12 hours, work shifts exceeding 12 hours, and work weeks exceeding 40 hours have each demonstrated—in some studies—varying levels of decreased cognitive testing performance and increased workplace injury. Inconsistencies between studies may be secondary to numerous workplace and employee factors, which make it difficult for researchers to establish specific causal relationships. A larger amount of data exist regarding the male workforce, whereas additional studies are needed to better assess impacts of overtime work and extended shifts on women.[4] A survey about events between 1987 and 2000 found that in a cohort of 10,793 men and women, overtime work was associated with a 61% excess rate of injury compared to jobs without overtime. Injury rate was directly proportional to length of the work shift and number of hours in the work week. Study authors found excess injury risk not only associated with jobs that are more hazardous, but also with overall fatigue from working overtime and extended work shifts

Wikipedia "The effects of overtime"

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