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Good Reasons For Missing Work

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There are many reasons why a person might not be able to go to work as scheduled. Some of these reasons are good, most are bad and many are unbelievable. Missing work is inevitable. Life does not always go as planned, and employers understand there will be times when a worker has to call off work. This is not to say all employers are happy about call-offs, however most can deal with the situation if the absence is warranted. Employees should also understand that missing work, while unavoidable at times, is also a good way to lose a job. Here are a few good reasons for missing work that generally will not get you in hot water with the boss.


Sickness- Going to work when you are sick doesn't benefit anyone. Not only are you miserable and possibly unable to perform your normal job tasks, you also increase the risk of those around you getting sick. If you are genuinely ill, do everyone a favor and stay home.

Medical treatment-
There are many scenarios where an employee must receive ongoing medical treatments to treat an illness or injury. While most of these appointments are scheduled in advance, allowing the employer to adjust the schedule accordingly, there may be an occasion when an unexpected incident arises resulting in an immediate absence from work.

Children-
Both a reasonable and often overused excuse is leaving and/or missing work due to parental obligations. Workers who do not have children may resent the fact that mom or dad can call off or leave work early to pick up sick children. Other scenarios unique to parents is absence due to school closings, recitals and sports. Despite being a controversial reason for missing work, taking care of family obligations can rarely be questioned, unless the excuse is abused.

These are three of the most common and most acceptable reasons for missing work. It is important for all workers to find a balance between reasonable time off and overuse of a legitimate excuse. If your absences begin to cause problems with the boss or other co-workers, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a phone call with the relayed message that your services are no longer needed at your place of employment.   

Brian M. Mittman
New York Disability and Workers Compensation Lawyer

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