Can I use my fmla to refuse mandatory overtime ?

I came into work at 3:45pm and at that time I informed my sergeant that I cannot stay for mandatory overtime. He came to me at 6:15pm and mandated me stating he didn’t have anyone. I have a mother who is home alone and cannot help herself. God forbid if a fire breaks out or she gets sick.

1 answer  |  asked Dec 16, 2018 6:45 PM [EST]  |  applies to New York

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V Jonas Urba
Review your union contract and the FMLA language. The facts or scenario you describe is unlikely to qualify especially since any of us could have a medical emergency and none of us would ever go to work were we to consider everything that could possibly happen to us.

Discuss your concerns with human resources. You do not want to lose your job. If you work in public service then all the other persons out there with elderly parents deserve your attention as much as your mother does. Good luck. Don't lose your job for possible insubordination.

posted by V Jonas Urba  |  Dec 17, 2018 03:33 AM [EST]

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