So my company says I can only get sick for a maximum of two days.....

By Kat
@katcarneo (1434)
Philippines
January 27, 2011 4:53am CST
Today I got my first written warning for violation of the company's attendance policy. This tarnishes my very clean record and I'm very upset about it. Here's a summary of the situation: Monday: I went to work in spite of being sick. Halfway through the shift I asked to be sent home because I was too sick to work. Tuesday: I went to see a doctor and learned I had acute follicular tonsillopharyngitis and I was advised to rest for two to three days. This case is serious for me because I TALK for a living. I was asked my my supervisor when I can return to work and I said Thursday. Wednesday: I stayed home. Thursday: I went back to work. On the next payday I was given a one-day salary deduction and now I got the the darn memo, too. HR says I can only be absent for two days in a quarter and I was absent for two and a half. I have submitted an appeal, which was scrapped. So now I'm really, really upset about this.
7 responses
@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
27 Jan 11
Hi dear, You are not mentioned anything about your job background. If you are an employee of the company with payroll for below 3 months period, and or on probation, it can be applicable. But an employee of 5-6 years of work and you are fell sick and taken an off for 2-3 days, your medical leave balance would be appropriate. Also, check your appointment letter and the HR might have given a set of rules and company profile alongiwth your job contract. It must be mentioned the total leave availability like casual leave, medical leave and study leave, maternity leave, or any miscellaneous leaves applicable. However, I am referencing with my company where I am working, we have to give a leave letter. But if the leave happens out of office time, we have to call up and inform them about your absence. Also, if it exceed to another day, call again and inform that you may not turn up for work or if you are aware that you may require 2-3 days time, tell in advance. However, every company has its own set of rules and we are required to abide with the rules. But in the case of long leave due to illness, and if you are out of leave balance, you may deduct your pay. See, I got now 26 days of leave balance as of date now. The HR had send a mail saying that all the employees are requested to avail their balance leave if exceeds 15 days should be enjoyed before 31st of March. So, some companies perform in this way also. Also, we can carry forward the 15 days of leave for the next years and in case we leave the job, we can get paid leave if I am having a stock of 15 or 20 days. But if we resign and the leave balance is negative, the settlement would be accordingly. In your case, it is better to check your leave details. If you already have any other type of leave, avail it. Means you got casual leave of 5 days and 2 days of medical leave, take 2 days of casual leave and 1 day of medical. So that you will not affect your pay. However, all depend on the company’s rule and ours and yours may be different and so that my justification may not be applicable to you. All the best, Thank-s
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Wow your company provides a lot of leaves. I only get 5 days of paid leave a year, and one day unpaid leave, a total of six, and I can only take 2 per quarter. That's why I got a warning, because I couldn't go to work for two and half. I was able to inform the management that I couldn't go to work and I have provided them a medical certificate in proof of my sickness. I wasn't given consideration and that's what I'm really upset about----I can honestly say I'm a very good employee. I am a regular employee and I have been with the company since July 2009. I have never been late. My recent sickness was the only absence I incurred.
27 Jan 11
In our comunity,sick leave is always allowed whatever how many days,but you need an official medical certificate and the doctor's sugestion list.in other word ,if the company does not agree to do so,our goverment's labor organization will take action punish the company.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
12 Oct 11
I think that's good, sometimes you just get sick and it lasts a few days. In my company even if you are sick for one day with a cold, you'd have to procure a medical certificate.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
I understand you but there are company rules and regulation that they need to implement. I think you are not a regular employee that's why you don't have leave incentive. They allot only two (2) absent quarterly but I guess they need to consider your case.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Yeah I'm hoping for consideration since before this incident, I was never late or absent. I have been with the company since July 2009 and I am a regular employee. The company just gives very few leaves---a total of six in a year, 5 are paid, 1 is not. And I can only avail of two in a quarter. Some people get 10 days vacation leave and 10 days sick leave. I get 6 days which I can use as vacation leave or sick leave.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I also started Feb 2009 and just mid last year we had leave incentive for a total of 10 days. There is no HR who will reprimand us on how many absences or leave we should consume but the problem is I am the only person in admin, except for my boss. I have no back-up so if I am on leave, there is no one they will turn into. I also carry the office key and so my boss, so it would be a hard time for me if I do emergency leave the next day.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
17 Oct 11
That's really hard when you have a job that only you can do. I guess even if you take a leave you'd still be bombarded with calls or text messages asking for this or that.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
28 Jan 11
I just wondering what company you are working for. That is not right though. If you are sick and you are sick, and you got the doctor's note as your proof. You are not faking it anyway. They should understand that situation better. I have 5 days sick day annually. If I absent more than 2 days, I will have to submit a doctor's note to my supervisor as a proof though.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
18 Oct 11
In here I have to submit a medical certification even if I was gone just one day or even half a day. Even if everyone saw that i was sick I would have to go see a doctor and get proof.
@turist1 (175)
• Bulgaria
27 Jan 11
You are lucky in our factory we go sick to work. you can be absent only if you die. Terrible story. If the doctor says "Stay Home", make him give you ,sorry but I don't know the term, note from a doctors for homestaying/ hostipalizing. In my home country, if the illness is not something serious, you can take upto max 7 days a month (e.g for flu). 1 day you won't get paid, 2 days are paid from your employer ( some % of the day-payment), and the others are from the goverment. The system is not working really good, but atleast is something.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
The term you're looking for is medical certificate, and I have procured that. It even indicates that I needed to rest for two to three days. I got myself a severe throat infection so I couldn't really work---I'm a teacher. It's a good thing that your government pays for sick days.
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
Ask your HR the written company guidelines regarding sick leaves and the salary deductions prior to your dilemmas. Be sure you have your pay slip as a written or a receipt for evidence. You have to consult with the rest of your co-employee including your boss or manager. On my knowledge, it differs if you are waged per day pay or semi-monthly or monthly salary. A semi-monthly or monthly salary wage earners, before a salary deductions may occur you should or must first receive a memo for a deductions before the HR deducting from your pay slip.
@katcarneo (1434)
• Philippines
27 Jan 11
I've got a regular monthly salary regardless of the number of days worked in a month. I can get automatic deductions for absences as per company rules. In this case, I got 2 days of sick leave which was approved, but I couldn't go to work for two and a half. They should've deducted half a day's worth of pay, and not a whole day's worth, so I'm still going to negotiate that.
@tkonlinevn (5785)
• Vietnam
28 Jan 11
You should talk about this with your boss or the trade union. 2 days in a quarter because sick is too little. This is not logical while there are many companies permit that their staffs can off more days if they're sick. Besides that, they're paid money for the treatment.
• South Africa
27 Jan 11
thats pretty harsh , being given a one day deduction on top off that , your compamy is treating you badly