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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9 2010 8:43 p.m. MST

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sanddog67
Rush Valley, UT

I thought that sick leave can be used for you or staying home with your kids.

HeroofCanton
Bountiful, UT

I work for the top rated company to work for and they would not hesitate to punish me if I did this. I previously worked for one of the worst companies in the state, based in Ogden, and they didn't care at all so it's really a crap shoot.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

Most employers are sympathetic to child illness and parents taking time to attend to them without punishment.

But then in Utah employers have the last laugh and absolute power of their employee's and family needs so a lot may depend on relationship with employer. Sick leave is not a mandatory pay system in Utah, it is merely a time off without pay law. And I think it only applies to maternity leave. If a job does have some form of sick or vacation pay system it is still discretionary by employers as to when it can be used.

Other than the federal maternity law, employers in Utah can fire you if you take leave to attend for your sick child or other family members. It's the employers "Right to Work" law to treat any employee any way they wish, even to violate federal labor laws.

Whether people lie or not is immaterial, the boss can do whatever he wants. Only unions and organized labor can defend the needs of workers, there are no protections under any law in Utah.

42istheanswer
SLC, UT

Most employers are not sypathetic. They are rarely even sympathetic when you are sick. It really comes down to an employer seeing a sick day as not just another day off. An union or lawmaker may force the issue, but until the employers see the value of sick leave or at least see the value of their employees, there will always be this problem. But what else do they expect people to do?

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