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Is it fair for my dentist to take 21 days off a year, but only give me 10 days paid off?

I work for a dentist that takes off approximately 21 days a year not including holidays. However we only get less than half in vacation . Should he offer us to be paid when they are closed or offer us to work in the office while he is gone. It stinks not getting paid all those extra days and days I have to take off with a sick kid etc. I need the money but I don’t feel like I should have to find fill in work either.



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This is unfair but he is the practice owner, as long as you get paid holidays as well I would be okay with it.

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Considering I don’t get any paid vacation, I’d be thrilled to have ten paid vacation days! I do get what you’re saying though, although like others said, since it is his practice, he does unfortunately have the right to take as many days off as he wants.

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I don’t envy the situation you are in. It’s tough because as hygienists we are essentially dependent on the doctor’s schedule. If he or she has the office closed more than the days you get in vacation it’s unfair. While I would like to say that the doctor should offer to pay the time off, ultimately it’s his or her choice because he’s the owner and boss. I would recommend to offer to work those days while he’s gone, but that depends on if there are other doctors in your office. I’m sorry you have to deal with this, it really isn’t fair!

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Unfair yes but unfortunately it’s his practice and he can take off as much as he wants I also work for practice wherer the dentist takes off a lot of times and it really hurts. 1 solution is to maybe sub in other offices

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My doctor takes an average of 6 weeks off a year. Fortunately I am able to work when he is out of the office. I know some tsetse vary on the laws with this so not sure about where you are at. You could also try signing up for a temp agency during week long office closures.

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That stinks! Unfortunately it’s his practice so he can do as he pleases. Have you perhaps considered temping through a staffing agency?

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Definitely unfair, but unfortunately the doctor is the boss. You are very fortunate to have the 10 days so look at that as a positive.

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I’ve never had a paid vacation day at my current office. However, I get paid on commission so how can I expect to get paid while not earning any production? Also, I am allowed as much time off as I choose, as long as I choose it six months ahead and schedule my patients around my time off. They never make me feel guilty about taking the entire months of March and September off, even though they are losing my production. I feel grateful and blessed to have worked in this office for over 30 years. They are not in it for the money….and neither am I. We work together as a team and our patients know this.

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