Cracking the Employee Sick Leave Policy

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All You Need To Know About the Employee Sick Leave Policy

How does a sick leave policy affect employees? Are there any differences in sick leave for full-time and part-time employees? What must every employee sick leave policy contain?

DoNotPay zooms in on the specifics of an employee sick leave policy so you can understand it better. Once you get acquainted with how the policy works, discover the easiest and quickest way to !

Employee Handbook—Sick Leave Policy

The sick leave section of an employee handbook (also known as the employee sick leave policy) is a summary of rules regarding accrual and usage of employee time off a company agrees upon. A company can agree upon a universal rule book for all employees, but typically, that isn’t the case.

What Does an Employee Sick Day Policy Depend On?

The table below contains mandatory and optional guidelines for an employee sick day policy:

The sick day policy must abide by:

The policy must include:

  • Sick day accrual methods
  • The exact number of paid and unpaid sick hours (or days) employees can have and use in a certain time period (typically months or an entire year)
  • The exact moment sick day accrual begins (typically 30 or 90 days after an employee starts working for the company)
The employee sick day policy can, but doesn’t have to include:
  • Separate policies for different job positions
  • More time off than required by law
  • Restrictions regarding the use of paid or unpaid time off as sick days
  • Procedures for using sick days (calling in sick)

Is Company Sick Pay Mandatory?

Some local laws mandate sick pay, but most companies make employees use paid time off (PTO) when they’re sick.

What Does This All Mean for Employees?

Employees should try their best to:

  • Research local sick day laws
  • Read the company handbook
  • Visit the HR office to discuss any potential discrepancies

Employees who are completely familiar with the policy they have at their disposal are less likely to misuse it, which could end up in penalties or even employment termination.

How Can Employees Call In Sick?

Typically, the method you will use to call in sick depends on the main communication channels in your company and between your boss and you. If there are no particular procedures in place (such as a special app, as in Amazon), you can call in sick:

  1. By phone
  2. In person
  3. Via email

These methods require a lot of effort on your part because you need to explain the reason behind your absence. With DoNotPay, the process of calling in sick is as simple as it gets and takes only a few minutes of your time!

Put Your Company’s Employee Sick Leave Policy to Good Use With DoNotPay

DoNotPay does all the law checking in your stead and informs you about your potentially available sick days. Our app also generates a sick leave request letter and mails it to your employer in a jiffy.

To discover the experience of calling in sick effortlessly, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Request Sick Leave product
  2. Answer some questions about your:
    1. Location
    2. Employer
    3. Reason and duration of your absence

Is your employer disregarding sick day rules as stated by the company policy, forcing you to come to work sick, or threatening to fire you while you’re ill? Protect your rights to sick leave and take your employer to small claims court with DoNotPay!

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