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HRM CA | 04 Sep 2014, 12:13 PM Agree 0
If you’re offering employees a set number of sick days, can they use them to recover from a bender?
  • Jeannie McQuaid | 04 Sep 2014, 03:06 PM Agree 0
    Around here, we refer to a hang-over as the "self-inflicted flu". If you have a sick leave policy that provides for a certain number of days off, let them use it. They are not going to be reliable, productive or safe if they come in semi-impaired.
  • Angel | 05 Sep 2014, 06:50 PM Agree 0
    Based on the last paragraph, since when is it an employers business what an employee does on their own time?
  • Angel | 05 Sep 2014, 07:03 PM Agree 0
    Based on the last paragraph, since when is it an employer's business what an employee does on their own time?
  • Marilyn | 08 Sep 2014, 09:13 AM Agree 0
    What an employee does on thier own time is not what the emeployer is concerned about, it's the cost associated with theemployee's choice to claim a paid sick day for over imbibing. Why should the employer have to pay for an employee who makes the choice to drink to such excess that a hangover results?
  • Jeannie McQuaid | 08 Sep 2014, 09:22 AM Agree 0
    Angel, it is an employer's business (and responsibility) if the employee's own time activity results in them being unfit/unsafe for work. From a safety standpoint, being severely hung over isn't significantly different than coming in drunk.
  • Brad | 10 Sep 2014, 12:19 PM Agree 0
    Angel, the last comment referred to situations where heavy machinery is involved and having had a drink within a certain period of time will endanger both the employee and potentially others around them. Think of pilots: would you want to be in a plane where the pilot had been drinking 2 hours before arriving at work?
  • Lovel | 15 Sep 2014, 09:52 AM Agree 0
    It's a great idea to re-word the policies. To Marilyn's point - what if the policy says that employees should take the day off but it would be un-paid?
    However, I guess in that case the employees will not mention they had a hangover. They would simply say they're sick.
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