Everybody has one, or a few, maybe – the employee who comes up with seemingly ridiculous excuses for having a day off sick. Larger employers could probably write a best seller with the most extravagant of excuses they have heard. Recent weather has only added to employee’s reasons for self-certification.
• I’ve fallen on the ice and hurt my leg
• The cold weather is aggravating my arthritis
• I was shovelling snow from my garden path and hurt my back
• I got sunstroke and feel too nauseous to make it in (from an employee who had just returned from a foreign holiday, clearly…)
Accidents do happen when the weather makes conditions dangerous but it is even more important for an employer to do a return to work interview for anyone off sick and to keep records so that the employer has a better impression of the genuineness of the reason for absence.
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