Crash Hamster


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A question about discrimination in the workplace

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:34

How hard people work is completely independent of their reproductive ability

The rules state that holiday entitlement continues to accrue when on maternity leave (as does seniority). If an employee has 9 months off, I then have to pay them for another month's holiday in the remaining 3 months of the year. Yes, the maternity leave is paid for by the government, but the employer pays the full rate for the 4.2 weeks holiday.

I'm not pleading poverty, but as a sole trader, it means that there's no money for the nice things in life this year or next.

A question about discrimination in the workplace

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 22:34

We have 5/20 off on maternity leave at the moment; as you accrue holiday while off on maternity leave, 9 months maternity leave earns you 4.2 weeks holiday in the remaining 3 months of the year. Throw in pregnancy-related sick days and midwifery/hospital appointments (average 5-7 days) and each pregnancy costs us over £1500 (plus the hassle!)

We've had a rise of about £5k gross this year, but that and more has gone out in expenses from our mini-baby boom.

It'd be nice to give our staff a rise, but we've not got the money, so it's not going to happen.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:02

What ho!

Marrows, I'd just add 'pee just before you get out of the swim' to the list of HIM advice... and also 'if you start on coke, keep going on coke', otherwise you'll probably have a sugar crash and feel dreadful.

 

Otherwise love and hugs all round; I'm really not supposed to be here...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 10:17

I have returned, bronzed, tanned and a bit fatter, from deepest Cornwall.

BB, just ouch! And indeed, yuk! Heal strong, as they say.

OO, GM, Abbers, recover quickly.

TAR, s'not so very awful, you know

Everyone else, jolly good, carry on!

Me? sore throat, feel a bit off; last couple of sessions have been poor, but I'm not sure if that's the heat, the lurgy or both.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:21

Hope Badbark goes well!

[back to my pasties and cider]

Challenge Vichy 2014

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 11:45

There was no warning about the chicane before the 'dangerous crossroads', which I may have found useful...

Otherwise, it was really only the three pins on your belt drama. Swim, T1, Bike, T2, Run, medal

Sub 3h15

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 13:02

Shame it wasn't a race for you, PMJ (though good point, well made, Poacher )

Gul, that is indeed a decent session ; inside MP for me!

Abbers, hope you have fun at the cricket; be intriguing to see the new-look England. I'm not getting to see any international stuff this year. Still, a week in Cornwall to look forward to; weight loss of 2.25lb since Saturday, but a week of pasties, cream teas and Rattler may offset this somewhat. We will, however, be getting a lot of training done too...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 21:46

9 day rest? You mean *without an injury*? weird...

Gerard, glad you checked in, was just googling the number for International rescue

OO, deserved one after the other

Abbers, please can you not arrange any cricket next week? I'm going away and would like some sunshine

200 fast/200slow again for me tonight. Fractionally faster every time...

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 22:01

SJ, nice bike

BB, nice win! This is why I hang round this thread

Gul, coming back together..?

PMJ, hmm, sharp

No weightloss (or gain) this week, despite being pretty good on calories and nutrients; 52 miles banked.

If you were in the business of making money...

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 13:04

IM for me was all about finding my limits; at the point where I broke, I'd found them, so it became less interesting. So failure was the ultimate success, which is ironic.

Now it's all about working out how fast I can run a marathon; if I achieve that to my own satisfaction, I can see trying to blast a 10k becoming my main focus.

Plenty of years of effort ahead...

And yes, I think some events could be called mad. Big multiples of IM which leave the competitors seriously damaged for long periods of time (I'm thinking of the guy who did for his kidneys after hugedoses of ibuprofen, for example) are mad. If your life depended on it, then long term damage is acceptable, but to cripple yourself for a hobby? Madness IMHO.

(and yes, I know I've done myself the odd mischief, and yes, I know that someone like Melli has been seriously hurt riding her bike, but I think these come under the heading of 'acceptable risk' or 'vanishingly unlucky.' Remember the people who went to the pub to listen to a live band and were killed when the police helicopter crashed on the building? Would that stop you going to the pub?)

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