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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »