Ask. I was gobsmacked to find that I can take FIVE emergency parental days in a year, paid, before I dip into either paid or unpaid parental leave.
I'm not sure whether this is a new innovation in my organisation but it was certainly welcome news to me...and I used it for chickenpox, which is one of the few illnesses they get now where you need to take a few days off on the trot.
Do check because employer policies differ. You will rarely encounter eyerolling over CP in my experience because it is a no-brainer that every child gets it once only (well usually) and they usually get it before they turn five.
(Was going to add a jaunty aside about trying to get past the GP's dragonish receptionists, but maybe not )
I get a certain number of day's paid too. Not sure how many 3 or 5 I think. I did however get a doctor's note from my GP to cover me when DD had conjuctivitus recently. It said "dfamily reasons" as the reason behind it - so it went on my sick days instead.
DH doesn't technically, but because of the nature of his work he can choose to work from home for a day or so.
my employer also gives 5 paid 'carers day' a year. they are to look after sick dependants during emergencies - so exactly things like chicken pox. If all these were used up i would have to take annual leave.
Hula did your doctor really give you a sick note because DD had conjunctivitis? DD has had it loads of times and it never occurred to me that I could do such a thing. Although TBH she has never had 5 days off with it.
I usually take annual leave if the kids are ill or (if it is DS and he is not too bad) cajole DH into working at home. I was extremely fortunate that DS and DD both had chicken pox while I was on maternity leave. Poor little 5 month old DD was less fortunate.
Yes. I went to GP to have it confirmed and to get some AB drops for her. Explained that I had just had time off the previous week (holiday leave) and work wouldn't be impressed - not moaning, just chat as you do. And she said that she'd write me a doctor's note to cover me for the absence. I have nver known it to happen befor eeither, but thought it was a great idea.