At my current job, a nonprofit educational institution, I have a single PTO bucket that’s used for everything, but it’s generally large enough to accomodate.
At my last job, a bank’s corporate office, we had two “buckets”. There was PTO, used for vacation, sick leave, and more or less whatever you wanted; then there was Family Care Time, which was ostensibly used for care of one’s immediate family – as the policy was written, it would cover your situation, provided you got some kind of doctor’s note from the hospital – but in practice meant “people with kids get two more weeks of vacation than you”.
If you had kids, you could take off whenever to “pick up Junior up from school” or such, and proof requirements be damned. If you didn’t, your parents or brother or what-have-you had better be on death’s door, and you’d best have these forms signed in triplicate. As far as I could tell, this unwritten rule existed in all departments at all levels. I damn near made up a pregnant wife just so I could take the damned days.
Addendum: I just IM’d my friend who still works there, and he informs me that they got rid of the evidence requirements altogether. There has, of course, been a remarkably coincidental spike in the number of sick parents and injured siblings. The logical thing to do would be to combine PTO and FCT into one bucket, so of course, the two options being tabled are reinstituting the evidence requirement (and, presumably, the “kids first” rule), or else eliminating the extra time entirely.
Second addendum: this was longer than I intended. I guess I’m just that happy to no longer be working there. I should talk to my friend more often…I feel bad for the guy, but it sure brightens up my workdays!