If you're sick, stay home from work — seriously

March 21, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Wall Street Journal recently reported on co-workers of sick colleagues who are ganging up to shame the sick one into going home, or at least Lysoling the heck out of her cube to decontaminate it.  

Even though 82 percent of HR managers who responded to an OfficeTeam poll said their company encourages staff to stay home when they're sick, 85 percent of workers said that they have gone to work sick anyway. 

And according to Inc. magazine, one thing more expensive than employee absenteeism is employee presenteeism — workers who come to work in no condition to perform. 

So does a manager have the legal right to send someone home sick? You betcha. 

Many cities like Philadelphia and states like New Jersey require employers to accrue sick time, and even those not required often provide it to prevent sick employees from infecting the whole office. 

But even though there's no paid sick time, employers are allowed to tell coughing, sneezing employees to go home rather than having them becoming patient zero in an office epidemic.