What Can Sick Employees in the Workplace Do?

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Sick Employees in the Workplace—Taking Time Off

Many employers force their staff members to work even if they are sick because there is no federal law mandating paid sick leave. With the pandemic going on, all employees should take time off if they feel sick at work to prevent infecting others.

What can sick employees in the workplace do when they want to request sick leave? DoNotPay has the answer.

If you need help submitting a leave request due to illness, and avoid having an awkward conversation with your boss!

When Should You Consider Taking Sick Leave?

If your mental or physical health is affecting your productivity, you should consider requesting sick leave from work. You may take time off if you have:

Why Do Some Employees Have To Work Even if They Are Sick?

Even though some states offer paid sick leave, approximately 33.6 million employees have to keep working while they are sick because they:

  • Are afraid of losing their job or compensation if they take time off
  • Feel worried about meeting their project deadlines
  • Do not know how the sick leave policy at their office works
  • Cannot find a colleague they can delegate their tasks to while they are off

Are There Any Federal or State Sick Leave Laws?

You can apply for an unpaid sick leave of up to 12 weeks if you qualify under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) law. To be eligible, you should:

  • Work for your current employer for at least a year
  • Have worked for a minimum of 1,250 hours in the last 12 months
  • Be employed at a workplace with at least 50 employees from the 75-mile radius

In case you have been infected with COVID-19, your employer is required to give you emergency sick leave under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA).

As far as state laws are concerned, check out the table below for more information on state-specific sick leave legislation:

New York New Jersey Virginia
PennsylvaniaRhode Island Michigan
FloridaTexasNorth Carolina
Washington D.C.Washington Ohio

How To Request Sick Leave From Your Employer

Since paid sick leave is not mandated by federal law, it is up to a company to accept or reject a sick leave request. You can request time off from your employer by following these instructions:

  1. Inform your team supervisor via phone, email, or in person
  2. Request to work from home if you can’t take a sick day off
  3. Assign your work to other qualified team members

Submit a Sick Leave Request Without a Hassle Using DoNotPay

If you’re unsure how to write your email to request sick leave, use DoNotPay’s Request Sick Leave product and get a formal leave request letter within minutes.

All you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. and go to the Request Sick Leave tool
  2. Enter a few details about yourself, your company, and your state
  3. Let us know the dates you would like off from work
  4. Sign the letter electronically and click on Submit

Once you have completed the steps, we will automatically generate a valid letter and send it directly to your employer in your stead. You can also download the letter and send or submit it yourself.

In case your employer denies you your rights, you can use our Complaint Letters product to help you file a lawsuit against them. With our assistance, you can:

  • Fill and submit the required court paperwork
  • Write a demand letter
  • File your complaint with the court
  • Create a script to use in court

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