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  1. If you can afford it beforehand, also see if he can start prepaying for his benefits before leave. We do that with people. It's not usually a huge issue with a short leave but is really nice to do to with lengthier leaves such as maternity. The only issue with this is if he's gone December and January and the plan year is Jan-Dec. You can't pay for your benefits pre-tax (according to many companies) outside of the plan year, so you wouldn't be able to pre-pay for January in that situation.
  2. We allow people to change HSA contributions during the year, but I know there are companies that don't. (It's the only mid year change we allow without a qualifying life event because of the nature of the account.)
  3. You likely can't change anything substantial with insurance without HR. Do be aware that if he doesn't qualify for FMLA and has to take an unprotected leave the company can make him pay both the employee and employer contribution for any deduction while he is out.
  4. It also depends on your state because some states also have paid leave.
  5. So now in order to go to church and worship God we should be expected to wear a color coded tag because some people want everyone to wear name tags? That's a great way to single people out and to encourage people to not go back to church.
  6. Socializing is a huge difference between Catholic and most Protestant services. The first time I went to a Mass, I loved that no one talked to me. The first time I took my ex husband to a Protestant service, I warned him that people would be talking to him, shaking his hand, asking him questions, and possibly even hugging him. I've been to a lot of churches, and I've never been to one that has name tags. Name tags, especially on a lanyard, would honestly make me feel as though I'm at work, and I'd likely go elsewhere.
  7. The most recent posts have shown that there's no way some people will ever give up their false assumptions about Americans because they don't like U.S. foreign policy. That's your choice, but then you lose all credibility when trying to tell Americans not to judge other cultures. Also, I do not subscribe to the currently popular view that only certain people are allowed to have opinions on certain topics, such as non-US posters having opinions on Americans. When people from across the country and across the political spectrum (most of us Americans who have had issues with these ridiculous posts hardly ever agree with other and definitely don't agree on "big" issues) tell you that your assumptions are incorrect that should be a sign to listen. On that, and since there is no purpose anymore since it's so clear that no one actually cares to have factual information, I'm out. Enjoy talking in your echo chamber on the "dark forum".
  8. I don't like the pledge, either, and haven't said it since mid elementary school. Pledging my allegiance to a country, which is fallible, never set right with me.
  9. Or, this discussion is just considered offensive to many Americans. Many of us interact daily with minorities and have very diverse families even but have been culturally conditioned that taking experiences we've had with select people from a certain nationality and extrapolating that to a stereotype for an entire nation group is wrong. It's not our fault that people from other countries have very misinformed and incorrect assumptions about us and aren't willing to admit that and learn the truth.
  10. He has had a few but has always taken a lot longer off of the sport than others do in order to recover. Many think that giving your brain enough time to recover is a big deal with avoiding CTE, so don't anyone rush back after suffering a brain injury.
  11. Honestly, what is this dig about? I don't know any American who doesn't realize that people all over the world differently. I mean, I live very differently than the very wealthy families who make up most of the city we live in. Most Americans likely have a number of actual immigrants who are close friends or family and very well know that people live differently elsewhere. We do also learn about other cultures and are taught that we should be very accepting of them.
  12. I wish all schools did. My niece got a concussion towards the beginning of one of her high school softball games, and the coaches didn't get her any medical treatment until after the game finished. They did take her out of the game, but when my mom and I arrived at the hospital (weren't at the game), she was so out of sorts that it was apparent she should have been taken much sooner than she was.
  13. I bolded what I think is another huge cultural difference. People in the U.S. wouldn't think most of that is the job of the government at all, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. For a different point, I'm not sure I've ever heard of a regular high school that didn't have at least one foreign language. The high school here has two foreign languages and has only 800ish students. The "big" city does have immersion schools, as well. Where I grew up, foreign language offerings now heavily depend upon the student population. Some schools have Spanish and Vietnamese. Some offer only Spanish. Some offer Spanish and French. A smattering still have German, and a growing number offer Mandarin. My grandpa learned English when he started school because only Finnish was spoken at home. In his northern Wisconsin town, that was common, though, (not only with Finnish) and almost of the kids didn't learn English until they started school.
  14. So, in the case of grandparents being literally the only option family wise and those grandparents not being able to move, should the child just be put into foster care? That's not a good situation for anyone.
  15. It's along the lines of "new-win" but obviously not exactly. Your pronunciation from what I learned is the Southern pronunciation and not what people I knew with that name said. However, it makes sense with the Vietnamese demographics we had that they used the Northern pronunciation.
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