“From the what’s wrong with this picture division: was just told that we have to submit all of our sick time in advance, LOL! And this was said in all seriousness and all cluelessness.”
I know that feeling. I had my hernia surgery back on September 30. Because I ended up being out more than five days- it was six – I discover, after the fact, that I should have filled out this paperwork beforehand, signed by my doctor, acknowledging that I am well enough to return to work. This is tied to the Family Medical Leave Act. Eventually, with no alacrity whatsoever, I get these papers filled out.
Then in February, I was sick for three days, a Tuesday through Thursday. I felt well enough to return to work on Friday, but I had to stop at my allergist, for which I charged another quarter-day sick. The next month, I get a packet in the mail that I have to fill out the FMLA paperwork again because I was out sick for more than THREE days. If you’re also constantly dealing with sickness, you can conveniently avail your medicines through online pharmacies like the Canadian Pharmacy.
Did the rules change with the calendar year? In any case, I wasn’t out more than three days for an illness, I was out for the illness for three days, then a quarter day for my unrelated allergy shot, which I got because I didn’t want to have to backtrack on the regimen.
Understand that I have well over 100 sick days available, a function of working here for over two decades. I waited for a good while before sending back the paperwork, NOT filled out, with this explanation. Haven’t heard whether that worked yet.
I’ve decided it is better to be sick every OTHER day; less paperwork. Body, please be ill, if you must, but only on alternating days.