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Fake sick days on the rise, but Facebook is helping spot fibbers

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Whether it’s to binge-watch “Downton Abbey” or get some shopping done, employees are increasingly feeling free to call in sick when they’re perfectly healthy.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 38% of employees called in to work sick when they’re feeling well in the past year. That’s up dramatically from just 28% last year.

And more than one in five (22%) employers has fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse, an increase from last year (18%).

The most popular months for employees to call in sick are the same as in previous years: (in order) December, January and February.

Employer response: One in three employers (33%) say they’ve checked to see if an employee was telling the truth after calling in sick (up from 31% last year).

The most popular method of verifying excuses was asking employees for a doctor’s note, followed by calling the employee and by checking the employee’s social media posts.

An increasing number of employers are going online to verify sick-leave call-offs. The CareerBuilder survey says 33% of employers have caught an employee lying about being sick by checking their social media accounts. Among those, 26% have actually fired the Facebook fraudsters.

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