Published: Tuesday, Nov. 9 2010 8:00 p.m. MST
I thought that sick leave can be used for you or staying home with your kids.
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
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.
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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