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Would defining ‘sick’ help reduce sick leave abuse?

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Question: “Last year, our company quit calculating sick leave accrual and switched to a ‘use as needed’ sick leave policy. Now we’re seeing an increase in the number of sick days used across the organization. Managers are looking for some guidance on what’s a reasonable excuse for employees to take sick leave. I think we need a benchmark for what constitutes ‘sick.’ Does anyone have language or a policy that might help?”—Wanda, Maryland


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Our policy states, "The primary purpose of sick leave is to provide a reasonable measure of protection against loss of income due to illness or disability.

Other Reasons Sick Leave May Be Taken
In addition to personal illness, paid time off (PTO) may be taken under the following circumstances with managerial approval:

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