A Guide to Calling in Sick

October 20, 2021

A cough or scratchy throat could lead people to call in sick, and employers may encourage workers to exercise an abundance of caution and stay home in these instances.

However, faking an illness to stay home or avoid work might not be in your best interest. Taking days off unnecessarily could exhaust your employer’s goodwill and put your job in jeopardy. “Employees have to be mindful that they are out for a legitimate reason,” says Domenique Camacho Moran, partner and head of the labor and employment practice at law firm Farrell Fritz in New York.

Rules may be different for when it comes to caring for sick family members or children who are remote learning, but again, many companies have relaxed their policies to accommodate the unusual circumstances of the pandemic. Check with your human resources office or employee handbook to see if your company has a formal policy.

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