Do you feel 50 miles is too far to drive to a $10/hr. job?

I'm going to be staying with my mom after she has major surgery and she lives 50 miles from my job. Her condition qualifies for me to take FMLA. Company policy is FMLA is unpaid but I can take 3 weeks of my vacation pay during my FMLA leave. My main concern is to collect on my vacation pay instead of just... show more I'm going to be staying with my mom after she has major surgery and she lives 50 miles from my job. Her condition qualifies for me to take FMLA. Company policy is FMLA is unpaid but I can take 3 weeks of my vacation pay during my FMLA leave. My main concern is to collect on my vacation pay instead of just quitting and letting them keep my vacation pay. I know I can take up to 12 weeks of FMLA but what the boss is telling me is unless my mom needs me there 24/7 then I can stay at my mom's place at night and report for work during the day. He said he has other employees driving from a distance and I can do the same.

My boss is also talking like if I'm off for a week on FMLA, I'm expected to return for 30 days before they consider me to have returned. My boss also said If I don't return after taking vacation or FMLA, then they can bill me for their share of my insurance they paid while I was off. My work is trying to do everything they can to prevent me from taking 3 to 4 weeks off and collecting on my 3 weeks of vacation pay.

What I would like to do is say 50 miles is too far to drive to work every day but my boss said it's not.
Update: They won't approve me for vacation time. The only way to collect on my 3 weeks of vacation time is to be off for 3 to 4 weeks of FMLA but my employer doesn't believe that I will need to stay with my mom 24/7 for 3 weeks. My only other option will be to flat out quit without notice and leave my vacation on... show more They won't approve me for vacation time. The only way to collect on my 3 weeks of vacation time is to be off for 3 to 4 weeks of FMLA but my employer doesn't believe that I will need to stay with my mom 24/7 for 3 weeks. My only other option will be to flat out quit without notice and leave my vacation on the table. My plan is to get the doctor to say I need to stay with my mom for 3 weeks, then go back for 30 days and put in my 2 week notice after that. I will NOT drive 50 miles to work.
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