Employees who exceed sick day allotment

Best practice for handling employees who exceed their allowed number of sick days
By Brian Johnston
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/25/2014

Question: If a company has a set amount of sick days per year, how should it handle employees who exceed that amount? If the employee provides medical documentation, does the company have to allow unpaid sick days without discipline?

Answer: Typically, when an employer has a set amount of sick days which are exceeded by an employee, the employer, in the early stages, often encourages the employee to use available vacation days or any other leave days — such as accumulated overtime — so that the employee does not suffer a loss of pay for those excess days. However, if such measures are not available, the employer most often will simply not pay the employee for the legitimate sick day.