I've been working NICU for about 9 months on a weekend day schedule. So I work Sat & Sun 7a-7p, with one day on call during the week. Last weekend, I was sick and called in and didn't work. I have had scheduled vacation for next weekend (June 23 & 24) since I started there. My sister is getting married that weekend. My manager informed me the other day that since I called in last weekend, I needed to find coverage for my already scheduled vacation for next weekend. We get one weekend off per 3 months, and I was told that sick days count toward that. The thing is, I was only told this AFTER I called in. They say it's in my agreement. I don't see it, and I didn't see it when I signed it. Is this standard for weekend jobs? I'm considering applying for a different NICU because of this. I love this job, but I feel like I got screwed. LUCKILY I was able to find someone to cover, but if I hadn't, what then? I miss my sister's wedding that I, my fiancee, and our kids are in that I've spent hundreds of dollars on? I'm very angry about this. We earn vacation and sick pay separately. I feel like this isn't even legal. Anyone else have this policy?
It's been policy at two of my three jobs. If you call in on a weekend, you work the next weekend to make it up. I think it's ridiculous, though. People DO get sick on weekends and shouldn't be punished for it.