When Sick Leave isn’t Enough & Employees Need a Leave of Absence


In last week’s post , I wrote about why paid sick leave is good for business. For most employees who are under the weather, a basic paid sick leave program can be enough to help employees recover from illness and minimize the risk of contagious employees spreading cold and flu germs around the office. But what happens when an employee’s time off for health reasons exceeds what you offer in your paid sick leave program? Know When to Give FMLA Leave Rights.

2014 103

how to adjust to a new job with extreme flexibility

Ask a Manager

Everything can be done online, so often people just leave early and work from home or sometimes just don’t come in at all. This is great, but since I’m used to working in traditional offices, I’m not sure when I can start saying I’d like to work from home on certain days since I’m so new. It seems that they would be fine if I starting leaving early as long as I’m finished with my work, but I’m nervous and I’d like your opinion first.

2016 20

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

I can’t seem to stop being late to meetings

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: With COVID still in full force and us working from home for months now, I’ve had a recurring issue with me constantly being late to meetings. I don’t know what to do anymore, because I was recently told by my manager that I should take some sort of personal leave for my health, but I feel it is disingenuous to put the onus on me in this way. So, where does that leave you? work habits

2020 31

how can we stop people from coming to work sick?

Ask a Manager

In my office, people frequently come into work very obviously sick and many times get other people sick. Most people do not have the ability to work from home, so that isn’t an option for the masses. The director of the company even sent a firm-wide message telling people that he preferred sick employees stay home, as to stop the spread to the rest of the staff. We also offer six paid sick days, separate from vacation and personal leave.).

2020 35

wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

I asked why a company of their size (700 people) didn’t offer a 401K plan, and her answer was that they used to have one, but it didn’t work, and since they were primarily a manufacturer, it wasn’t common for manufacturers to employ this perk. Also, I thought that two weeks vacation time was, if not law, standard for full-time work. Everything can be done online, so often people just leave early and work from home or sometimes just don’t come in at all.

2012 54

my boss approved a long vacation for me — but we can’t agree on the dates

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I need a reality check from someone unbiased. When we planned this trip six months ago, I decided that I would ask for personal leave (unpaid time) and I would have to be mentally prepared for them to say no, and for me to walk away from my job at that point. My manager decided I would be the point person to develop new skills in order to support this project.

2018 21