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How employers should treat workers with chik-V

Published:Monday | November 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Whether a privilege or an entitlement, most employers facilitate employees by granting a number of sick days each year to deal with spells of illnesses. The public sector, I believe, allocates 10 days leave of absence with pay to employees with medical situations, while the number of days may vary in the private sector.

On Saturday, an educator, out of the classroom since the start of the week with chikungunya, braves the rains and the excruciating pain to visit a doctor with the intention to receive a doctor's certificate. The certificate is absolutely necessary if a full salary is to be received at the next pay cycle.

As it relates to documenting sick leave, how must employers treat with workers in the situation of this islandwide chikungunya outbreak? Many would claim, as happened in the early days of the disease, that it was certain neglect on the part of public health that contributed to the outbreak. The business sector, in particular, has announced huge financial losses due to employees being sick with the virus.

Absence from the job due to chik-V may have, in many cases, wiped out employees' quota of sick leave for the year. Consequently, a decision should be taken, now or in the future, not to apply sick leave to the file of employees whose absence were due to an epidemic or major disease outbreak.

Do not deduct from the sick leave entitlement of employee who were diagnosed with chikungunya.

Claude Wilson