If you get sick with the flu or some other bug, can you afford to take sick time from work?

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    Jan 15, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    I earn "sick leave" that I can take as needed, that pays me, even though I am home and sick.
    Can you?

    According to this article, there are A LOT of people that can't....and may be making us ALL sicker because of it!

    http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Can-t-Miss-Work-Even-if-You-Have-the-Flu-You-re-Not-Alone
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    Jan 15, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Sporty_g saidI earn "sick leave" that I can take as needed, that pays me, even though I am home and sick.
    Can you?

    According to this article, there are A LOT of people that can't....and may be making us ALL sicker because of it!

    http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Can-t-Miss-Work-Even-if-You-Have-the-Flu-You-re-Not-Alone


    No, not really.

    Right now, I work for myself, so if I'm sick in bed, no money is coming in.

    When I worked for a big corporation, "sick leave" was a scam. (Universities do this too.) The company double-dipped. They charged my projects for the full allotment of "sick leave" as part of my "benefit package." But if I took a sick day, they still charged the project the full cost of my time ( mostly overhead, plus my pittance). The projects were fixed cost. So I had to work without pay to finish the projects.
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:36 AM GMT
    I have sick leave however not the available staff to cover me when I'm sick. So I have to be dying (can't get out of bed) to not go to work. Part and parcel of working in an isolated country town! icon_question.gif?
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:43 AM GMT
    I work in a hospital, with a limited team.. so if someone is sick, chances are there is no one to do my job at all.

    I don't get sick leave at all.. when I'm sick its a huge deal, because of you know.. working with doctors icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:15 AM GMT
    I'm one of the fortunate ones- I get six paid sick days per year. If I don't use them then I get paid for them at the end of the year(I should get the check this paydayicon_biggrin.gif )

    In our shop the rule is: If you're sick, stay home! Don't come in and infect everyone else!

    Get a flu shot. They're usually cheap/free, and while not perfect it will still give you some protection.
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    Jan 15, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    I have bronchitis right now. In the UK we get unlimited sick days (as far as I know) but I rarely take them. If I wasn't going to infect other people I would have gone in.
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:52 PM GMT
    Adam228 saidI work in a hospital, with a limited team.. so if someone is sick, chances are there is no one to do my job at all.

    I don't get sick leave at all.. when I'm sick its a huge deal, because of you know.. working with doctors icon_razz.gif


    What do you do at the hospital? I'm a nurse and I get sick leave. I actually have short and long term sick leave but luckily, I've never needed them.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:03 PM GMT
    Yes. I am home sick right now with a cold. I work for a school district.
    We get 10 sick days/yr that accrue yr to yr.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:05 PM GMT
    My job allows me to accrue sick leave, and take it for voluntary or involuntary sick leave.

    I have around 600 hours that I have unused since the beginning of my employment there - and as I'm planning on having my tonsils removed this year, its likely I'll use around 150 of them with doctors appointments, surgery and recovering.

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    Jan 15, 2013 1:23 PM GMT
    Work for myself and have several employees, so getting sick is a big no no! Had a nasty migraine last Saturday and stayed in bed, but the phone didn't stop ringing. Thankfully it has been many years without sickness.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
    bus9ja2d saidI have bronchitis right now. In the UK we get unlimited sick days (as far as I know) but I rarely take them. If I wasn't going to infect other people I would have gone in.


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    In my job we have sick leave whereby the company will pay your full salary for 3months (for up to 2 years of service i.e me) and then after that you go on statutory sick pay (ssp) which i dont really know how much it is but the government gives it to you for being sick.
    I had bronchitis 2 years ago and was off my work for 2-3weeks on full pay.
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    Jan 15, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    I run my own firm and my business schedule changes from day to day. Some days (like yesterday) are very laid back, I do my work, but not hugely demanding. I have other days (like Thursday) when I'll be seeing clients, one after another and very busy..... being sick is tough. I can change the schedule, but I always hope I hit a demanding day... energetic and ready!
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    Jan 15, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    Random tidbit- Zinc, and vitamin d taken at first sign of symptoms can significantly reduce the duration and severity of your virus.
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    Jan 15, 2013 2:11 PM GMT
    Adam228 saidI work in a hospital, with a limited team.. so if someone is sick, chances are there is no one to do my job at all.

    I don't get sick leave at all.. when I'm sick its a huge deal, because of you know.. working with doctors icon_razz.gif


    You should get unlimited sick leave otherwise patients will leave more ill than when they came in!
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    Jan 15, 2013 2:46 PM GMT
    Sporty_g saidI earn "sick leave" that I can take as needed, that pays me, even though I am home and sick.
    Can you?

    According to this article, there are A LOT of people that can't....and may be making us ALL sicker because of it!

    http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Can-t-Miss-Work-Even-if-You-Have-the-Flu-You-re-Not-Alone



    It's a problem up here as well. A fave thing to do by corps is hire people on as permanent temps- full time hours with no benefits or vacation etc. One such company was Capers in Vancouver. Well.....one of the workers that package up food came down with Hep A and kept coming to work. He would have been on the street otherwise - low pay and no sick time but rent and bills must be paid.

    What a fiasco; some customers came down with it, who in turn exposed other people to it. The store in question had a lot of 'splainin to do and business dropped off. A pile of staff and customers all had to get gamma globulin shots and hope they got them early enough.
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    Jan 15, 2013 3:22 PM GMT
    I accrue sick time off and have over 200 hours because I never use it. Then I accrue paid time off at a rate of 8.5 hours every 2 weeks (which totals about 27 days each year) for vacations/family emergencies etc. The longer I work for my company the more paid time off I accrue because of a higher rate of accrual. I have coworkers who have been there for 10+ years who earn 11 hours of paid time off every two weeks (about 35 days each year).
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    Jan 15, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    I supposedly got sick pay when I still worked for a large corporation, but calling in sick was not looked upon kindly the last year that I was there. My current boss (me) is more understanding.