How do I deal with an employee who is always calling in sick?

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Question: “One of our employees regularly calls in sick because of her child’s medical problems. She has used up all her sick time, so now we have to dock her a day’s pay. How can I get her to improve her attendance so she’s at work more? Can we fire her for poor attendance?”—L.C., New York


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How many employees does your company have?

It depends if you can terminate her position or not. Does your company meet the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act? You can find this information on the Dept. of Labor's website for your area. They are also there to help with situations such as this.

If she qualifies under FMLA then the answer is probably "no". If she does not qualify and her ...(register to read more)

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Allison June 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

Wow, I read most of these responses and then we wonder why Americans want to work for anybody, or show up for work. She has a sick kid, is obviously the one who has to care for the kid, so now you are going to punish her for that, instead of seeing how you can make it work. I don't treat my people that way, and the result is I have loyal employees who aren't always looking for that last buck.

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