Years ago when i worked in more rural settings, this was never an issue. Now that I have been working metro for many years, it seems to be a big issue all over with the influx of more staff that migrated to the U.S from other countries. the ycome and want to take time off to go back home. some of them up to 3 months at a time. It is generally during the heavy vacation time of mid summer or over the Christmas holidays. I finally put my foot down, as then others can not take their vacations. I have told them their position will not be held after 3 weeks. A leave of absence will not be granted, etc. I then get in return, all sorts of "my dad, cousin, aunt, whoever is ill and dying". I have heard it so many times, i don't believe half of them anymore. I then explain that i need to staff to ensure my residents are taken care of and I'm sorry but, to be fair, i treat everyone the same. If it is a legit family health issue, they can contact someone back home and have documentation sent for the FMLA. Most don't even qualify. what is anyone else's experience??