Yes, in general, if an employee has an excessive amount of absences you may be able to terminate his/her employment. Have a designated point person that is not the employee’s direct manager deal with requests for medical/sick leave or accommodations for medical issues (including pregnancy).
When an employee misses a day of work, it’s commonplace to believe that the employee will be fired for this offense. This is because, in most circumstances, an employee can and will be fired for missing a day of work without providing his or her employee with adequate and proper notice.
For the most part, an average full time worker gets two personal days and five sick days. Let’s leave vacation out of it. Your employer considers it acceptable for you to miss two days per year, and will allow up to another five days for illness.
If you are an employer in an “at will” employment state, that means that you are legally free to fire an employee at any time without explanation. So, if you feel that your employee is calling in sick too much at work, in some states you can simply let them go.
That means that unless you qualify for legal protections under FMLA or the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is nothing stopping an employer from firing you for calling in sick.
The following is an example of an employer’s policy on excessive absenteeism: “Excessive absenteeism is defined as three (3) or more unexcused absences in any ninety (90) day period. First offense – written counseling and warning that continued excessive absenteeism will lead to subsequent disciplinary action.
It’s not really a good idea to call in sick for three days in a row these days unless you are very, very sick. Nowadays people tend to think you are slacking off.
As long as you have the sick time available, you use it whenever you need to. Depends on the job and how much sick time you get annually. But just calling out once per month over three months does give off the impression that someone just doesn’t have a very good work ethic.
Excuses to Get Out of Work: The Good and the Bad 12 good excuses to get out of work. In most cases, the best excuse to use when requesting time off is the honest one. Food poisoning. The flu or another contagious illness. Family emergency. Appointments. Car issues. Death in the family. Your pet needs to go to the vet.
Calling in Sick to Work 2 Days in a Row: Like just saying you had a stomach ache will not do any good as it can give you an off for just a day but when it comes to calling in sick to work for two days or more, then some solid sick leave reason should be there with you.
Sick time versus sick leave Paid sick time is typically earned by employees as they work. In most companies an employee earns between 5 to 9 paid sick days per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In general terms, the law requires employers to provide and allow employees to use at least 24 hours or three days of paid sick leave per year.
Most companies will tolerate 1 “ sick day” per month, but if you establish a pattern, such as always calling in sick on a Monday or Friday, you are going to be questioned, possibly warned, possibly fired.
In the US, anyone can be fired for a no call, no show.
No federal law prohibits employers from asking employees why they are out sick. They are free to ask questions such as when you expect to return to work. They may also require you to furnish proof of your illness, such as a note from a physician.