My problem today is that I don't know when I'll have time to do my job because I need to take so much time off:
-The law mandates that everyone can use 10 days a year for sick kids
-We have 10 extra days because the oldest kid is deaf
-Today we got 10 more days approved because the youngest has a brachial plexus injury
-If your kid is at hospital or critically ill, you have to use the sick days (mentioned above) for the first week, after that you can get "caring money". We have had two weeks at hospital so far this year
-If I get sick, I can claim fully paid sick leave for up to 52 weeks. (8 days undocumented, after that I need to see a doctor). I normally use 3-5 days a year.
-My work week is capped at 38.75 hours in the winter time, 35 hours in the summer time. Travel time counts as working time. We don't get paid OT, but extra hours have to be taken out as PTO. I have worked too much the last 14 months, and have 70 hours I need to use.
-The law mandates 5 weeks vacation, but since I worked too much last year, I had to transfer two of those weeks to 2017.
-Parents of deaf children get 40 weeks (spread over 18 years) paid time off for sign language lessons. This training takes place while the kid is at a boarding school for the deaf. This year we have planned 2-3 weeks at deaf school.
-In addition to this, there are 9 days of national holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc) this year, and our Christmas bonus is an extra day off during the Christmas week.
To sum up: I need to find time for 7 weeks of vacation time and 2 weeks PTO this year, but it has to be when there are no national holidays, and the kids or I aren't sick, in hospital, or at deaf school, because then the state pays me not to work. And I'm not sure which forms to use in a couple of weeks, when the youngest will be in hospital at the same time as the oldest is at the school for deaf.