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Top 10 Mostly Legitimate Reasons New York Employees Miss Work in New York

New York employers often get handed some of the oddest excuses for missing work. While many employees take pride in never missing a day, others are happy to create the most random excuses for taking time off without approval. Most employers have strict attendance policies for their staff and those who do not abide by those rules can be subjected to written warnings or even termination.

The legitimate excuses for missing work often allow employees to retain their jobs.  The top 10 list of legitimate reasons for missing work include;

1. Illness/Injury

Calling in sick is a widely used excuse whether employees are sick or not. Most employers prefer sick and contagious staff stay home so as not to infect the rest of the office but after a certain amount of days off for illness or injury, a doctor's note may be required.  Some employers allocate a certain number of sick days per year.  If you are taking more than the alloted amount of sick days, a doctos's note is advisable.

2. Family Emergency

Parents of children often get called home from work to tend to sickness. Employees may also have to take time off to assist ill parents or other family members. Missed work may be due to family emergencies related to personal matters. Some companies give employees a set number of "personal days" which can be used in these situations

3. Family Death

Most employers offer an allowance - bereavement days -  to attend the funerals of immediate family members, parents, siblings and children and consider these events to be an excused absence.

4. Car Trouble

There are many call-ins at work for employees reporting car trouble such as non-starting vehicles or broken down cars during the commute. This excuse is also commonly used even when vehicles are not having trouble.  If you do break down on the way to work, try getting your car in for service and taking mass transportation -- employers will be appreciative of your efforts, especially during busy periods!

5. Mental Health Day

Some employees  will call off of work to get a break from the stress. Mental health days are often last-minute decisions for employees who want an unplanned day off.  This is what "personal days" are for, if you haven't had to use them for family emergencies.

6. Doctor Appointments

Doctor appointments and other types of appointments that must be taken care of during business hours are another reason people miss work or leave work early. Some business that can not be conducted on the weekends must be tended to during the work week, prompting employees to call in sick if employers do not allow for time off to tend to appointments and other personal business.  Speak to your employer; ask if they prefer you come in late or leave early to attend to an important doctors appointment.  Showing that you take your responsibiities seriously will be appreciated.

7. House Emergency

Employees often call off work to tend to house emergencies such as leaking pipes, power outage, or other random emergency that requires a person to stay at home to deal with the issues.

8. Jury Duty

Jury duty is typically an excused absence from work. Employers handle jury duty requirements differently but typically permit employees to perform their civic duty without a hassle.  The court will provide you with proof of serving which can be given to your employer.

9. Events

Some employees will schedule time off or take an unscheduled vacation day in order to attend events occurring during the workday or to recoup from events attending during the previous evening. Parents often leave work during the day to attend school events - including plays, graduations and volunteering on school trips.  Planning these days in advance is always better than last minute absences - your employers are counting you and will likely not appreciate a last minute decision to take a day off.

10. Overslept

Employees who oversleep and miss the start of the shift will call off rather than appear at work late. Consider your circumstances and employer.  Honesty and late arrival should be more appreciated than a last minute "no show."

Brian M. Mittman
New York Disability and Workers Compensation Lawyer

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