This week’s question comes from a congressional staffer who’s frustrated by the unclear policies around sick leave and vacation days.
I work on the Hill so the rules on sick days and vacation days may be different from the rest of the known universe. Despite asking our chief of staff in the beginning of the year about sick days and vacation days, we never received a specific number of days we were allocated.
Recently, we were asked to submit the number of sick and vacation days we’ve taken. We have one employee who, for about two to three months, was leaving early two or three times a week with food-poisoning-like symptoms. She decided that all of the times she left early would equal one sick day. Her argument is that she continued to work while at home.
I have taken three sick days. However, I worked via Blackberry and my personal computer, took phone calls, and performed work functions while at home on those days. Is it fair that I am expected to count my days as full days despite working from home? Should I expect that I can “roll” those days into one like my colleague since there were never guidelines for the office? -A frustrated Congressional staffer
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