Questions related to personal illness and time off for such causes.

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Avoiding handshakes with the sick?

I am an FAE that has to represent our company at various different locations. Last week, I had to do an installation with a customer where one employee was visibly very very sick (sneezing, coughing, ...
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Questioning Employer's tactic to collect a debt equaling value of unearned personal time off [closed]

The certified letter states, "this is a legal attempt to collect a debt" I hadn't known of. My employer advances the full amount of Vacation, sick and personal time at the beginning of each year, ...
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What do I write in my sick notice?

Unfortunately for me, I had to leave my job at midday last Monday. I thought it was a normal case of flu, until today I had a fever and infection. My question is how and what should I write in a ...
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Manager might have potential contagious disease [duplicate]

I am a new hire at a software company in North America. I recently noticed that my direct manager coughs up a lot and keep coughing for 1-2 minutes straight. When I inquired couple of colleagues , ...
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Signed off from work for a month for medical reasons, been suggested I could work remotely

EDIT: To clear up confusion as to the point of this. Travelling into work is a big no as I have a high risk of infection. However, I do feel as though I could do limited amounts of work remotely ...
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Best way to react to refusal to honour an unofficial agreement on sick pay?

Firstly, for reference, this is all in the UK, so UK law applies. Here, sickness is not payable unless stipulated by contract, but many employers will offer up to a set number of sick days on full ...
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PTO - sick time vs personal time [closed]

I am a nurse in a large hospital. We are given non-specific PTO (paid time off). My boss has been calling people after they have called in sick questioning if they are truly sick. She is make ...
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Should I reply to urgent emails if I am not fit for work?

Background: I am on sick leave because of my manager: mental issues, specific problem discussed with MD and HR. I am trying to stay away from work-related emails. Meanwhile, I am sick and all my ...
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What are the restrictions for an employee during sick leave in UK? [closed]

I am employed in UK and I am on sick leave, certified by a GP. What restrictions do I have during this period, in terms of things I can/cannot do? I am not talking about blatantly unprofessional ...
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How to discuss sick leave with prospective employers during job hunt? [closed]

I am currently on medical sick leave due to anxiety related to my job. Additionally, I am searching for new jobs and have a couple conversations about this. My question is: how can I explain to a ...
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Should I list my boss as an emergency contact for college? [closed]

I checked around the site and didn't find an answer to this (apologies if there's an answer I missed). Here's the situation: I attend one college as a student while working in academic support at ...
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Told employer I wasn't feeling well and made the mistake of answering truthfully [closed]

I like my job and I like my coworkers, but today my mental illness was getting the best of me. So after some deliberation and my attempts to bring it under control on my lunch, I finally decided to ...
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Is it common to use sick days for reasons other than being sick? [closed]

Even though I have been in the workforce for 20 years, somehow I have just recently come into my first ever job with paid sick days. It’s a part-time (3 days a week) job and I get 6 paid sick days a ...
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Sick Leave usage [closed]

we are given X amount of hours of sick leave a year, but then they figure out how much sick leave on average we use per division, our division is up 40% from other divisions* which equates to around ...
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Providing notes for missed work

I hurt my hand and needed to take time off work to get it checked out by doctors. My boss is super vigilant to make sure I get a doctors note each time (he didn't even accept a nurses note and he's ...
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Resigning after leave [closed]

I have worked for my employer for the last 4 months, however I am ready to resign. The problem is that over the past 4 months I have had quite a number of days off due to an illness I contracted ...
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Became very ill on vacation - how to tell manager?

I went on an international vacation for 2 weeks. I went from Canada to the UK. 3 days in I came down with a horrible flu. My flight home is in a couple of days but this flu is still holding strong and ...
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What kind of verification can be done for someone out “Sick” - Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? [closed]

What kind of verification can be done for someone out "sick." Is there a way to confirm they aren't working somewhere else? I have an employee who has used up all of their sick/vacation leave. Then ...
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Workers who take time off during final month

As a manager in IT I've noticed in the past that employees who have decided to leave for another job might take more sick leave or make greater use of a company's remote working policy during their ...
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Unsure if employee I manage is abusing “unlimited sick leave” policy [duplicate]

A colleague who reports to me has been taking sick days (back issues etc... and, we have unlimited sick day policy). However, it looks like it has not made significant dent on life outside of work - ...
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UK - calling in sick whilst on notice period [closed]

I am currently working my notice, and took a few days off sick (the entire office seems to be unwell). I've been informed that they will not pay me for those days, because I am on my notice period. ...
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Off work due to Dental work gone bad; employer being elusive about return to work, discrimination? [closed]

New employer (2 weeks), temp job but hopeful for future regular employment. Had a dental procedure that injured the trigeminal nerve causing cluster headache for 6+ weeks. Kept manager updated. ...
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Employee continuously has an intense coughing fit. Unofficial solutions?

An employee where I work has a very intense cough. Every 10-30 minutes this person -- whom sits a few rows away in a large floor filled with cubes -- has a coughing fit which lasts less than a minute ...
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Dealing with co-workers who don't want anyone to use sick days

I recently started a new job in a small office. My company offers sick days, and in theory, anyone who's sick is supposed to stay home and recover. In reality, this doesn't happen. Only one of my ...
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How to handle an employee/co-worker being contagious if needed badly at work?

I have a co-worker at work today who looks "like death" or fairly close to it, with the flu. She's not working in my direct vicinity, but clearly this situation is not ideal for her nor the people who ...
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What are reasonable accommodations for depression

I have an employee who has recently disclosed struggling with depression (in response to being unable to fulfill the duties of his position). He is in a professional position and performs a unique ...
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Should you declare depression as a medical condition on a job application form?

A lot of job applications have a section saying 'Do you have any existing or prior medical condition that may affect your ability to do the job?'. This is often in reference to things like a back ...
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“Toughest challenge ” question, mention illness? [closed]

I'm graduating at the end of this academic year and I have a gap of around two years on my resume before I started my Ph.D. at a top 10 program in my field. This was caused by diagnosed illness, which ...
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How to determine if it is acceptable to take medical leave for surgery in hometown/other country?

Currently I am working in another country, and planning to do some surgery back in my hometown, because it is much cheaper there (even after adding the flight ticket). How can I find out if this is ...
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Forced to take sick leave [closed]

This appears to be the opposite of the usual situation... Can my California employer require me to use accrued sick leave rather than work remotely while I am recuperating? I was working full-time ...
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I am a software contractor and I had to be hospitalized for several days for a mental health condition, now I might lose my job

Basically, past Sunday night I informed my manager via e-mail that I was admitting myself to the hospital. I'd rather not say the exact symptoms but I was not thinking correctly or safely. I have ...
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can having a suspected heart attack and awaiting an ambulance at work be included as absence? [closed]

I am facing redundancy and work is including the time from when I collapsed, was administered 1st Aid and awaiting the ambulance as absence. I start work at 8.30am and the incident happened at ...
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What can I do when another employee is sick? [duplicate]

I am in the situation where I am sitting at a cluster of desks. My fellow employee opposite me is sick as a dog (coughing, sneezing and wiping his nose on his hand.) For some reason he never takes ...
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Confused about my boss's behavior [closed]

I was struck with a serious illness and had to stay home for several days so I began to call my boss each day to inform him of my status. He told me it wasn't necessary to call him "every single day" ...
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Sickness note from doctor after i already got my monthly salary

I have this stupid situation to which I don't know how to act accordingly. Last week i was on sick leave for 3 days and I forgot to bring in my sick note from doctor. Today i got paid my monthly ...
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how to mix up and be friendly with colleagues? [closed]

My apologies if this question looks weird but I really need help. My issue is I feel it hard to mix up with others in office; and not only in office in general I will say. I like to be involved with ...
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Is a UK employer allowed to force you into taking mandatory sick time off? [closed]

If you sustain an injury which limits your mobility can a UK employer force you to take time off and claim statutory sick pay? In this situation the employee: Has been working while injured but ...
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Is it OK to ask colleagues to leave if they're sick?

I can't stand it when someone that sits near me comes in when they're sick. All day long I listen to them sniffle and cough and I just sit there and wonder how long until they pass their germs on to ...
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Promised sick pay but it's not arrived [closed]

A colleague of mine has been forced to take some time off due to illness. They've been signed off by the doctor, it was not appropriate to work (we're talking about a matter of weeks - not months or ...
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Handling excessive absenteeism due to genuine illnesses

I'm on the board of an organization that has recently hired a new employee in a position where attendance during particular set hours is fairly important. The employee used up all her paid time off ...
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My seasonal illness makes it hard for me to work autonomously and learn new/difficult concepts, generally reducing my performance

I am typically a top performer and a hard worker, but my seasonal hay fever is making life (work) hell. Besides sniffling, which irritates some of my colleagues, I often get drowsy from medication ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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Should I ask for time off in lieu if I was sick? [closed]

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. I was feeling unwell this morning (Thursday) but I went in anyway because I have a deadline for a ...
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How to deal with a cold in the workspace

I have got quite a nasty cold. Nose is dripping and such, I will spare you guys the additional details. I work in an open workspace environment. Blowing you nose once wouldn't be frowned upon, but I ...
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How to professionally handle being unable to complete a request due to getting ill while at work?

Whether it is a customer, a colleague or a superior, what is the most professional and least career-damaging way to explain a shortcoming or inability to handle a short term request due to getting ...
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Need help to respond to unexpected lay off [closed]

I work at a small PROFITABLE IT consulting firm in USA and I just finished two projects successfully, fighting with some "manageable" health problems (IBS).After that, I have not had a project for ...
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Can I tell my boss off on my last day and how should I handle this situation? [closed]

I work as a part time hostess. This is my first job ever (I'm 17) and at first one of my two managers was very nice to me but when I started to work there he became a complete jerk to me. I wasn't the ...
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Mentioning academic concession when sending transcripts

I am applying for co-op jobs through my school. Some require me to send a transcript. Last semester I missed a lot of school due to illness and did poorly, which I'm worried will negatively impact my ...
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Is two years service to get full sick pay excessive in the UK?

I have recently been offered a more senior role by a company new to me in the UK, for which I get a good salary increase, a great pension and much more interesting work. The role is IT/technical and ...
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How to ask my manager about guidelines around taking sick leave during my notice period? [closed]

UPDATE: California, USA. This question specifically is about whether any company, in general, will consider a sick leave taken by an employee to care for his/her spouse qualifies as sick leave, even ...