A journalist observes life in the far north.
Early this year, I bumped up my work schedule from 24 hours a week to 30 with getting some health benefits in mind.
My company manual says employees need to work 30 hours per week before they qualify for health insurance.
After the required waiting period, I went to human resources to request health insurance. I learned last week that I would need to forgo holidays, vacation days and sick days to get health benefits.
That’s because holidays, sick days and vacation days—paid days that employees are not expected to work—bring down the average.
Even though my schedule is 30 hours a week, my average is 25 hours per week.
So I don’t qualify for health insurance. This is deeply, deeply disappointing. I feel misled.