Know Your Rights About Calling in Sick
- You must call your supervisor or whoever your agency has designated at the time your agency has said to call, unless you cannot. Your job can require you to call a maximum of one additional number if your supervisor is not available, you will not be required to call back, although you may be required to leave a message. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KEEP CALLING UNTIL YOU REACH SOMEONE.
- If asked for more information on why you are out sick, you should stick to saying either you or a family member is ill or has a doctor’s appointment , and if it is part of your existing FMLA or chronic condition. You do not have to say what your symptoms are or appointment is for. You should give a tentative return date.
- If you are told to bring in a doctor’s note and you are not currently on a certification requirement, you should state you are not on a certification requirement. Unless you are on a certification requirement, you do not have to bring in a note from a doctor unless you are gone for five or more consecutive days. If you do bring in a note, it won’t count as an undocumented occurrence.