Sick leave and time off for injuries is always a mysterious and terrifying area. Most people can’t afford to lose their jobs, so taking time off doesn’t feel like an option. You don’t want to lose your job, but sometimes there isn’t a choice. This post should help you to understand how to go about taking time off, and how you can even make money out of the time.
Know The Law and Your Rights
Understanding the law is key when it comes to taking time from work. In a lot of countries, it’s illegal for you to work with food within 24 hours after throwing up. And in some places, you can’t work under fluorescent lights if you have a migraine. Below are a few things for you to research before taking time off.
- What illnesses can you work with?
- Is your employer required to pay you for time off?
- Will you be able to prove you were ill or injured?
These are just a few ideas, and you’ll need to do your own research. The law differs so much from place to place; you may find that the rules are different to other places that you’ve worked.
In some cases of injury, in could be the employer’s fault. If this is the case, you’re probably entitled time off and compensation. Talk to your employer first, and give them the option to settle it with you privately. If they refuse, use a company like SiebenCarey or InjuryLawyers4U to settle the dispute. They will handle all of the legal matters, and won’t take cases they don’t expect to win.
Know Company Policy and Your Contract
A lot of companies will measure sickness and time off using a system like the Bradford Factor Scale. These are used to place each employee on a scale. The scale represents how much time they’ve taken off, over how many periods. This means that it can be better to take a week off; instead of having 2 days off, a day at work, and then 2 more days off. Learn how your company does things, and then act accordingly.
Your contract should stipulate how much time you can have off, and what you’ll need to do if you take time off. Read your contract, and make sure that you’re not breaking any rules. A lot of companies require a doctor’s note to prove sickness. The earlier the date on the note, the better.
It Can’t Hurt To Ask
If you’re unsure about company policy, or your contract, ask your boss. You shouldn’t get in trouble for being conscientious when it comes to time off. If anything, it can look better to go out of your way to make sure you’re not pushing it. Just be careful not to sit at the limit of acceptability. This will make your time off look deliberate.
You’re the only one who can truly tell how you feel. Be realistic about your ability to work. Most of the time, you take a sick day to avoid spreading the illness. If you’ve got a sniffle or a headache, you can probably still do your job. It’s a lot better to be sent home sick than to take the time yourself.
Hopefully, this will shed light on time off in the workplace. Remember to be careful, and do research to get information about your local area.