Can an employee use sick time if they were not schedulaed?
So for instance a part time employee who works two days per week – works the days but turns in 8 hours of sick time request even though she worked her days? She has accured more than 8 hours this year and has it in her file – but she was not schedualed and showed up to work her shifts just turned a request for 8 hours sick pay
This sounds odd for sure. But whether or not she can do it depends on a few things, such as what your current sick leave policy says, and also what’s mandated by the state and/or your city. For example, if PTO can be taken for any reason in your policy, or if she’s recently lost hours due to work being slow, then it’s possible you’ll need to honor her sick time request if she’s using it to make up for lost hours as PTO. Of course, sick leave is meant to provide pay for those times when an employee is unable to work. If 16 hours is her normal schedule and 16 hours is what she worked and was paid for, then you may want to ask her rationale is for requesting sick leave, or educate her on how sick leave can and can’t be used. I’ve attached an article on all states, but some states and cities (as well as union and school contracts) often have different terms. Ultimately, your company sick leave policy should clarify the rules. I’ve attached an article that can help with that as well. Best!
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