Entries in Sick Days (3)


"Call of Duty: Black Ops II" Hits Stores, Could Cause Work Absences

Activision(NEW YORK) -- Don't be surprised if some of your co-workers call out sick on Tuesday from a mystery illness.  As USA Today points out, it's an annual bug you might call the Call of Duty virus.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II went on sale at midnight at some stores and it's expected to be the biggest video game release of the year.

Many gamers have been playing it since it went on sale overnight and will likely be playing it all day Tuesday.

Call of Duty releases make more than big budget feature films -- the last one made over $400 million on the first day.  By comparison, Halo 4, which Microsoft released last week, raked in $220 million on launch day.

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A Third of Workers Lie About Being Sick, Survey Finds

Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Having a job these days is a valued commodity, but important or not, workers will occasionally call in sick whether they’re feeling lousy or just need that proverbial “mental health day.”

CareerBuilder’s survey of nearly 4,000 people reveals that in about a third of the cases over the past year, employees called in sick when they really weren’t ill.  Some of the real reasons for skipping work were pretty mundane, such as wanting to catch up on sleep, listed by 16 percent of the hooky players.

However, the excuses can also be pretty creative or pretty lame depending on your perspective, according to CareerBuilder, which also interviewed nearly 2,500 hiring managers and human resource professionals.  Those excuses include:

  • "Employee was upset after watching The Hunger Games."
  • "Employee's dead grandmother was being exhumed for a police investigation."
  • "Employee's hair turned orange from dying her hair at home."

In any case, employers can be pretty understanding up to a point since workers’ absences can also put a burden on their associates.

It’s not so surprising to learn then that three in ten bosses will check up on people to make sure they really are sick by either calling an employee at home or asking for a doctor’s note.

Meanwhile, the most popular month of the year to skip out on work is December since it’s not only traditionally the height of flu season but also when people go out to do their holiday shopping.

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Over One in Three Workers Don't Get Paid Sick Days, Study Finds

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Millions of workers in the U.S. who ought to call in sick when they don’t feel well often show up to work anyway, because if they don't, they won’t get paid.

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute reveals that a whopping 38 percent of private-sector employees receive no paid sick time.

There’s a huge disparity between the haves and have-nots: 86 percent of the highest-paid workers continue receiving salary when they take sick days, compared to just 19 percent of people at the low end of the pay scale.

Study author Elise Gould contends, “Access to sick days is vastly unequal [because] low-income workers are the ones who can least afford to lose pay when they are sick.”

The U.S. is behind the rest of the world in this regard, according to Gould, who says most nations, whether their populations are well-off or destitute, make sure workers are compensated for sick days.

Supporters of paid sick days argue that they boost productivity and worker loyalty.  Conversely, some employers say such a mandate is only more government regulation and also leads to possible abuse of absentee policies.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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