Recently I exchanged a number of emails with my supervisor and the Human Resources person where I work, which resulted in a deeply philosophical conundrum.
The background to this is that I am leaving in June as I don't want to renew my contract here, but have accrued 16 days of leave that I am due.
First, I wanted to know what would happen about that leave I'm owed.
Instant and very clear answer from HR. I will be paid in lieu. Great.
Next I wanted to know if I could take a single day of that leave during the semester. There is one working day coming up when (for that day only) I have no teaching. I also won't be required for exams or for marking sessions. Could I take that single day off?
The HR person said "Certainly, if your supervisor approves it."
The Supervisor said "It's unprecendented and it can't be done."
I said "OK, but HR seem to think differently."
Supervisor replied "HR was talking theoretically about institution policy. Honestly I've asked "higher" and "higher" says it can't be permitted."
I thought of emailing Supe to elucidate the difference between a theoretical policy of yes which always in practice comes in as a no, and an actual and admitted policy of no... but I decided not to.
Just as well.
I'm pretty sure Supe doesn't see there is one.
(It occurs to me to hope that the payment in lieu will not merely be a theoretical one...)