i have been working with this company for coming to 6 years. Initially they never granted us any 1/2 day leave. We could only take 1 day leave. Suddenly as of this month we receive a memo informing us that we are granted 1/2 day leave whcih is from 9.00 am to 1.00 om first half morning and than 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm for the second half. With this implementation of 1/2 day leave they are abolishing time off. We i ask the HR lady in my office take for example that we have come in the office as normal 9.00 am and then suddenly at around 11.00 - 11.30 am we receive a call from our child school informing us that our child is sick. So how are they going to consider this situation and she informed we have to take 1/2 day. When question how do they derife this as 1/2 day since we are already in the office she was not able to answer. So can you please advise if this is fair to the staff, we might only take 1/2 hour or max to an hour and will be back in the office. Can they implement such a rule. Await your advise.
It looks like your office has been quite relaxed all this while where staff are allowed to take time off to attend to private matters and now the company may want to prevent the situation from getting out of hand. In my opinion, the new arrangement or rule is purely an internal administrative measure and has nothing to do with labour law. In fact for proper office administration, time off for private purposes should not have been allowed at all from the very beginning. Can't really blame you for being unhappy when some convenience has been taken away suddenly. For me, I am not in favour of giving time off of staff for private purposes especially when the workforce is large.
You may consult the Industrial Relations Department for another opinion.
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