However, is there an alternative solution to this problem that I am not considering?
Government employees are usually hard to fire. As a matter of policy, it is usually difficult to fire government employees as the process is lengthy and complicated. As a result; your chances of getting summarily fired for making requests is extremely low.
Managers in ...
Yes if you have the ability to work from home, it might be possible. Talk to your boss.
There are two interesting things to consider:
US Congress (House and Senate) are drafting bills right now to mandate 7 days sick leave, and/or 2 weeks sick leave for employers to give to their employees. This is no matter what they currently have in place.
A lot of ...