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Submitting a Parental Leave Proposal
Hi there! I'm working to gather all necessary data and competitive information to submit a compelling proposal to my company in hopes to increase paid parental leave. Has anyone on this board been successful in doing this? Do you feel like there was any specific information that really won over your HR team/board of directors? I'd also love any insight in format. I'm in marketing, so I can put together a mean PowerPoint, but should it be something more formal? I'd love any guidance as i'm really passionate about making this happy for myself and my colleagues.
Colleague with zero experience paid equally to me
My male colleague blurted out recently that he's looking forward to getting that $2,000 paycheck. I stared in shock as that's what I get and I've been in this industry (horticulture) for 19 years now. My colleague has 0 experience in this field. I have a 4 year college degree in English, a minor in Botany. He has a 4 year teaching degree, yet hasn't taught a single class due to a felony DUI several years ago. I did confront my boss regarding this wage issue. He said simply, "Well, you and Chris do the same job and I'm not going to pay him $2-$3 less." My response was, "I'm not asking you to do that.", thinking he'd get the idea that I deserve a large raise. When I started at this particular company 6 years ago, I had already 12 years in the Hort industry and my current boss even sold perennials to and dealt with my employer for 10 years. He knew me, knew I was a great employee and I worked for a good company, so I was shocked when I was overlooked and they hired a guy who had no work experience in this industry, but he did have a 4 year degree in Horticulture. Fair enough, however, I was hired as well, but paid $11 per hour while this guy, fresh out of grad school, (yes he did get a Master's) made $18 per hour. We did the same job then, so why now am I getting the run around from my boss? Why was it ok THEN to pay me so much less than my colleague for doing the SAME job and now it's not ok to pay my colleague so much less AND he has 0, I repeat 0, experience? My boss will not answer the above questions. He simply changes the subject. I have certifications I won't bother to list, as they're industry related and boring to the outsider, my male colleague has none of these certifications, I'm always on time, never call in sick, always respectful, get along with my colleagues, always take up overtime when offered, so I'm really quite perplexed here as to why I am getting screwed. Male vs female is all I can come up with in this scenario.
Turn a Full-Time Job into a Part-Time Job?
I recently got accepted into the graduate program of my choice for Fall 2018. Now, I'm trying to decide if I should go full time or part time. My current job is fine, but it is an administrative role where I don't feel like there is room for true professional growth or skill building. Thankfully, I do have managers who are supportive. I'm considering speaking to them about continuing my role here, but part-time. Has anyone ever tried to do this with a job? Is it demeaning to my organization and my role? I'm not sure how to proceed.
Interpreting mat leave policy when considering a new job opportunity
I am considering a move to a new company and their maternity policy states that employees receive 3 months fully paid. It does not specify a minimum length of time one must be employed with the company to receive this benefit. Am I then legally protected to receive this benefit if I end up becoming pregnant within the first year of employment? Or must I clarify now (before deciding to accept the job) that I will receive this benefit regardless of my length of employment? I am nervous to be unhappily surprised down the road but also skeptical about bringing up this clarifying question now considering I am not currently pregnant. Would very much appreciate thoughts/help on this topic!
I'm expecting a bonus amount to be communicated to me next week around Christmas but I'm worried it won't be as much as I hope. Has anyone ever been able to "negotiate" their bonus by expressing their disappointment? There are various reasons I think I may be shortchanged (due to company performance -- not my own individual performance) and I want to make it clear I won't stay if they don't pay me what I'm due.
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