Sick leave benefits are an attractive incentive to hire good employees. What often happens with sick leave is that employees take advantage of it and use it the same way they do for their vacation time. Sick leave abuse often happens during the holidays and during the summer months when employees want to go away on quick vacations. The problem with sick leave abuse is that employers are forced to cover the worker absence. Employers need to pay for the lost production costs, and other employees will have to cover the work that the sick employee normally does.
Do you find that your employees are missing-in-action on a more frequent basis during the summer and during the holiday seasons? Studies show you’re right. Unscheduled worker absences are increasing and, according to various surveys, governmental agencies have the largest number of absences.
Sick leave is a necessary benefit for all employees. If an employer didn’t offer sick leave, they would accelerate health problems and the spread of illness, thereby lowering productivity and morale. Despite the pressure for perfect attendance to improve customer service and efficiency, employees need equitable sick leave programs for security and overall high performance. Yet, some organizations suffer from sick leave abuse, and sick leave abuse translates into lost dollars.
A “pattern of abuse” in regard to sick leave typically refers to employees who, over a period of time, have violated the organization’s attendance policy on numerous occasions.
We have significant experience handling these types of cases and can assist you in controlling and limiting your losses related to employee sick leave abuses.