sick days

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Just how sick do you need to be before you stay home from work?

Should you go to work when you're sick or stay home? Most offices suggest taking the day off, so why do we all go to work when we have a cold or the flu? Read More »

How To Handle Colds And Flu At Work

How To Handle Colds And Flu At Work

Contagious? Take a sick day if you can

If you wake up with a fever and chills, consider your coworkers before hauling your contagious self to work. Read More »

My Boss Hates When I  Call In Sick

My Boss Hates When I Call In Sick

Walking pneumonia takes a toll and six days of work

Freelance life means no work, no pay and the pressure to work while sick. Read More »

Sandwich Maker Gets Fired After Calling In Sick, Then Joins A Crusade

Sandwich Maker Gets Fired After Calling In Sick, Then Joins A Crusade

For three years, Ian Rizzio, 24, had been working for a Portland sandwich shop to put himself through school. He was the manager -- working 25 to 35 hours a week, earning $9.50 an hour -- when one day he woke up feeling sick. He went into work, but ended up vomiting in the bathroom. Knowing that he couldn't... Read More »

Retiring Postal Worker Deborah Ford: 44 Years, No Sick Days

Retiring Postal Worker Deborah Ford: 44 Years, No Sick Days

U.S. Post Service worker Deborah Ford retired this week with a perfect attendance record: 44 years on the job, without taking a single sick day. That means the 64-year-old Ford (above) logged just short of 11,000 workdays. Read More »

Flu Outbreak Prompts Fierce Debate Over Paid Sick Days

Flu Outbreak Prompts Fierce Debate Over Paid Sick Days

By Jennifer Peltz NEW YORK -- Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss. A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. So the mother of two reported to... Read More »

Sheila Eubank Fakes Kidnapping To Skip Work, Gets Arrested, Police Say

Sheila Eubank Fakes Kidnapping To Skip Work, Gets Arrested, Police Say

There is no shortage of inventive excuses that workers will turn to in search of a day off from work. Few employees, however, go as far as to tell a tall tale to police about being kidnapped and assaulted by a knife-wielding robber -- just for an extra day of rest and relaxation. But that's exactly what... Read More »

Survey: Craziest Excuses For Calling In Sick

Survey: Craziest Excuses For Calling In Sick

Have you ever called in sick due to an allergy attack? Did you neglect to mention that it's the huge stack of paperwork on your desk that caused the allergic reaction? Or maybe you have a migraine but failed to explain it's from your annoying co-workers. The list of personal "ailments" used to get a day off... Read More »

Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

Chicago College Official Gets $500,000 Windfall For Unused Sick Days

The Great Recession and subsequent fragile recovery have shifted many Americans' view of taking time off from work. Fearing that they won't have jobs upon their return, plenty of workers leave paid vacation and sick days on the table -- and lose them because their employers require those days to be taken... Read More »

Sneezing And Sniffling? Stay Home

Sneezing And Sniffling? Stay Home

By Debra Auerbach You knew it was only a matter of time. You wake up one morning with a pounding headache and a throat that feels like sandpaper. You force your aching limbs out of bed and take your temperature. As the mercury rises to 100 degrees, you contemplate whether or not you should go to work. You... Read More »

Playing Hooky? Beware, Your Boss May Be Spying On You!

Playing Hooky? Beware, Your Boss May Be Spying On You!

Using sick days when not sick used to be called "having a mental health day," "sticking it to the man," or "taking what's due you." Well, you better rethink that or get a lot more technologically clever on how you go about it. Employers have had it with employees who play hooky. This is no surprise given the... Read More »

Motivational Mondays-Post Superbowl Sick Days

According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, professionals reported an 8 percent increase in the number of workers that call in sick the day after a major televised event, such as the Superbowl, and that another 11 percent of people show up late for work. While it may seem harmless... Read More »

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