Post # 1
Hi ladies, I work for a wonderful company & though I love my job, the hours are getting smaller and so are my paychecks. I have been offered an interview at another job that pays over twice what I am making now, but this company is opened 9-5 weekdays only (I work 8:30-6 weekdays) and is an hour away. Does my employer have to let me take a day off for that in the state of CA? Does she have the right to fire me for interviewing at another job?
Post # 3
I would use a personal day (if you have one-or a sick day) and not tell your current employer about interviewing.
Post # 4
@meg.miles: Wow I have never heard of this! I can’t imagine an employer would be required in assisting an employee with finding a new job. You might have to take a vacation day.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t tell her you were interviewing for another job. Unless you have an employment contract you can be fired for any reason, with a few exceptions. I don’t believe this would be an exception.
Post # 6
CA has all sorts of strange labor laws (like being paid for all vacation and PTO before being terminated) so maybe they have something in place that covers this. Personally, I think its crazy than an employer would have to give their employees time off to interview for other jobs but stranger things have happened.
If you ask me, you’d be better off taking some personal time to interview and leave your current employer out of it.
Post # 7
Can you just tell your employer you have an appointment at 9 and will be in mid-morning? Or that you have to leave early one day? Coming in late is probably easier because they can’t ask you to stay at the last minute. That’s what I always did. 🙂
Post # 8
I’m not quite sure why a company would be required to give you a day off to interview. Just take a personal day and don’t tell your current boss you are interviewing for another job. I think that’s what most people do.
Post # 9
There is no such law like that in CA! Best if you use PTO or a sick day for the interview and keep mum about it until you have another offer and are ready to give your notice. Employers rarely take kindly to employees looking around.
Post # 10
Most people say they have an appointment/ personal errand and schedule time off. You would use vacation or a personal day if you can’t flex your time.
Post # 11
@UpstateCait: I didn’t realise that being paid for all holiday allowance wasn’t standard. Do you just lose the days when you leave?
Post # 12
I can’t imagine California having a law saying an employer has to allow an employee a day off to interview for another job, so I’m going to go ahead and say no to that one. I suggest taking a personal day or calling in sick.
Post # 13
@meg.miles: They don’t have to give you time off to interview and they do not have the right to fire you for going on an interview, but they could find some other grounds to dismiss you if they know you are actively interviewing (so I wouldn’t make it known).
Schedule the interview in the afternoon and then take the afternoon off – or take a full day off as a vacation day, personal day, or time off with out pay.
Post # 14
@UpstateCait: Vacation and PTO are earned while you’re an employee, which is why you are entitled to that pay upon your termination. You earn it just like you earn your hourly wage/salary.
Post # 15
I don’t get vacation days until I’ve been there for one year. I have tried to call in sick once before when I had a 102 degree fever (I work with toddlers) & she “implied” that she would fire me if I called in sick. I’m also taking off in 3 weeks for my wedding and honeymoon. I won’t call in sick (I think it’s dishonest) so I’ll just have to brave the storm of telling her. There is a high turnover rate where I work so I know she has dealt with this before. The job I am interviewing for is 99.9% guaranteed, so hopefully it all works out. Thanks for the advice ladies.
Post # 16
@hammerpants: That’s not always true. If it is written in an employee handbook (that you sign) that you lose all acquired PTO if you resign from your position, they legally do not have to pay you for that. I had to contact a lawyer last year for a screwy situation with my previous employer about my PTO after I left.