Required work on sick leave
Can an employer require you to do any work on the day you are using your sick leave? For instance, if I call in sick, my emplyoyer will always ask me to contact and assign others to cover for me, and that task alone can take up to an hour. It is still work on a sick leave.
It’s a great question. Some states don’t require businesses to offer a sick leave benefit. In states that do (California, New York and others), the employer can’t require you to find coverage for your shift.
However, if you do “work” while on sick leave, the employer is required to pay you for that time if you’re an hourly team member. The rules are somewhat complex, for example, if you’re salaried exempt, and work in a state where sick leave isn’t required to be offered or paid, then you’ll have fewer rights. To correctly answer your question, I’d need to know what city and state you work in, and also need to know what your company sick leave policy is. Your best option is to look up “sick leave laws in *state*) to know your specific rights.
In any case, asking you to find your replacement when you’re sick, isn’t cool. And if you’re an hourly employee (non-exempt) they need to pay you for that time worked.
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