Originally Posted by kramvi
No not really. Why?
It seems that if I don't really want to make a big deal of it I will have to just suck it up and continue spending from my pocket. Especially since you said that employers make a big deal of it and may not want to act as a reference later on. What to do?
I am kind of not sure what you are looking for. Yes your employer is going to have some cover of this kind, but you are going to have to bring it up and ask them if you want to benefit from it. You say you have already asked and they pushed back on you, well you then need to decide are you prepared to argue the case or not. That is your choice and it is a difficult one.
Are you a casual or a permanent (but part time employee)? Of course if you are a casual then maybe they would decide to take it out on you by cutting your hours or stopping them altogether. If you are an employee, then talk to HR or any other employee body that may exist in your place, we have an employee council for example.