Sick in the cold season: to bed or to the office?

Sick in the cold season: to bed or to the office?
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Winter time equals cold time - if your nose is scratching and scratching your throat, there are a few things to consider for employees who have to report sick. Labor law expert Wolfgang Schmitz, chief executive of the entrepreneurs' association, answers important questions about sick leave.
Resting or working? "If going to the doctor is inevitable, workers should make sure that they report sick to the employer as quickly as possible. Because he may have to reschedule so that urgent tasks can still be completed, ”says Schmitz. The Continued Pay Payment Act states here: The existence of an incapacity to work must be reported immediately. “So best before starting work and possibly visiting a doctor. Because if you sit in the waiting room for a long time, you are absent from work unexcused, ”Schmitz points out. After visiting the doctor, you should then contact the employer again and inform them of the expected length of the absence.

In theory, sickness reports can be made by phone, email, fax or WhatsApp. "But a phone call is the safest way," recommends Schmitz. Electronic messages might not be read immediately or there could be problems with delivery.

Unless otherwise stipulated in the employment contract or instructions to the contrary are given, the certificate of incapacity for work must be available to the employer on the following day at the latest if the illness persists for more than three days. "Employers can also request the AU certificate from the very first day," explains Schmitz.

If you consider these aspects, there is nothing to be said against cure in the bed at home. “If you drag yourself into the office sick, you risk infecting others,” warns Schmitz. Only those who are healthy are fully capable.

Photo: If your nose runs and it scratches your throat, there are a few things to consider for employees who have to report sick. (Photo: iStock)

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