Got Sick at Work? Here’s What You Need To Do!

Request Sick Leave Got Sick at Work? Here’s What You Need To Do!

Sick at Work—Request Sick Leave in No Time With DoNotPay

Work is rarely fun—it’s what we have to go through so that we can afford to do what we enjoy. Still, that doesn’t mean we should go to work if it affects our well-being. Nobody should force us to go to work when sick.

What happens if you’re already in your office when you become ill, and it’s too late to call in sick or send an email? In this article, we’ll explain what to do if you get sick at work and how you can use DoNotPay to request sick leave with ease.

Getting Sick at Work

It’s not a coincidence that a lot of people get sick at work. You spend half of your day in an office you share with other people who might come to work sick. Around 90% of all employees decide to go to work sick because:

  • They don’t want to use a sick day
  • Employer pressures them to show up
  • They’re sick but can’t miss work due to a heavy workload
  • Their colleagues come in sick

Another major reason why people don’t do it is that they can’t. About 33 million employees don’t have access to paid sick leave, and many others are unaware that they do. Some companies don’t even offer unpaid sick leave.

How To Go Home Sick From Work

If you’re not feeling well, you shouldn’t try to power through it—having a fever won’t help you be productive, and you may get others sick.

Going home is the logical course of action, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you do contract COVID-19, the employer must allow you to go home under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.

Before going home, you’ll need to:

  1. Go to your supervisor
  2. Ask for sick leave
  3. Inform your coworkers you’re out of the office

You can also ask to work from home if you can’t get sick leave as the employer may not be obligated to accept your request. The federal law doesn’t regulate sick leave, and you’ll have to figure out on your own if you can take sick leave.

So far, only 16 states (15 plus D.C.) regulate—or intend to—companies’ policies about paid sick leave. Check out the following table to find articles with information about different state laws:

CaliforniaArizonaPennsylvaniaNorth Carolina
MichiganFloridaVirginiaNew York
WashingtonColoradoVermontRhode Island
New JerseyDistrict of ColumbiaOhioGeorgia

If you don’t know what your company’s policy is, you should go through your contract to learn about sick day rules.

Being Sick at Work—What To Do if You Can’t Go Home

If your employer wants you to stick around, or if you have too much work to skip a few days, you’ll have to remain at work. The following table shows you the dos and don’ts of how to work while sick:

What To DoWhat To Avoid
  • Sanitize and wipe down public areas you use
  • Take medication
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Drink water or tea
  • Going to in-person meetings
  • Shaking hands with others
  • Ignoring signs your condition is getting worse

How To Request Sick Leave Effortlessly With DoNotPay

DoNotPay can help you create a rock-solid sick leave request in no time—it’s the quickest and the most convenient way of going about it. Use our nifty Request Sick Leave product, and we’ll walk you through your employee rights and create the request for you.

All you need to do is sign up for DoNotPay and:

  1. Locate the Request Sick Leave tool
  2. Insert the state where the company is located, and we’ll show you what sick leave laws are in place (if any)
  3. Answer a few questions about the company
  4. Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
  5. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to:
    1. Send the request to your employer directly
    2. Share it with you so you can email it on your own

The employer may refuse to give you sick leave—even if the state or the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires them to do so—and fire you if you don’t show up. In that case, you can sue them via our Small Claims Court product.

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