Wondering When To Stay Home From Work When Sick? Find Out Now!

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When To Stay Home From Work When Sick—Solving the Dilemma

Deciding when to use paid sick leave is not easy, considering strict paid sick leave laws and often inflexible company sick leave policies. How to decide when to stay home from work when sick? This guide tackles that dilemma and shows you how to with DoNotPay!

Should You Go to Work Sick or Stay Home?

You should probably skip work if you’re feeling unwell and experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Body temperature above 100.04°F (without the use of temperature-lowering medicine containing ibuprofen or acetaminophen)
  • Coughing and sneezing with mucus
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Why You Should Stay Home When Sick

Being sick at work puts your coworkers at risk of contracting that disease. Many employers:

Luckily, there are laws and acts you can call upon to enforce your right to sick leave.

State Sick Leave Laws

The states that regulate sick leave all have different laws in place, and you can get acquainted with them using our guides from the table below:

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

Acts You Can Rely On

The following acts protect employees and their right to sick leave across the United States:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)Should you become ill or disabled during work, ADA allows you to go take a leave of absence
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Every company that has more than 50 employees in a 75-mile radius must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid sick leave to the employees
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)EPSLA enables you to go on an 80-hour sick leave if you are:
  • Having symptoms of COVID-19
  • Getting diagnosed
  • Being under watch because of symptoms similar to COVID-19
  • Caring for a child that contracted COVID-19
  • Going to self-isolate according to your physician’s orders (because you were in contact with someone who has COVID-19)

All the Ways You Can Call In Sick

Why be sick at work when you can use the existing laws and acts in your favor! Depending on your company’s typical communication channels, you can call in sick via:

  1. Phone
  2. Email
  3. SMS

All of these methods require too much effort on your part. With DoNotPay, all you need to do is answer a few short questions, and your sick leave request will be on its way to your employer in a snap!

If You Decide To Stay Home, Make Your Intent Known With DoNotPay

Nobody should have to work sick—that’s why our app:

  • Searches for laws in place that enable you to call in sick
  • Makes sending a sick leave request a breeze
  • Informs you about your employer’s response to your case

The process takes only a few minutes of your time, and all you need to do is:

  1. Search for the Request Sick Leave feature
  2. Answer a few questions about your location, the time you will be absent, and the reason for your sick leave

All that’s left is to decide whether you want the app to forward the letter to your employer or send it to you so you can bring it to work yourself.

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  • Gather and fill out the necessary paperwork
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