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Should I Call in Sick?

What is it with the American work ethic? It seems stranger the more I learn about other countries. Elsewhere, people not only take off work when they are sick, they get paid for that day, too! And even more important, they don't risk their jobs by doing so. Here in America, even those who have full sick benefits know that taking time off means more work for everyone else. So we show up at the office and give everyone else the flu. That's okay, because we know they can't afford to take time off. This is the latest comic from Dami Lee at As Per Usual.  

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We don't get paid for the first day. The following days we get paid 80% of normal (unless we have extra insurance); staying home with sick small kids gives money from and including the first day though.

In many jobs it's also ok to work from home now and then for various reasons including stuff like "I'm waiting for a package from UPS" or "I'm watching the handyman redecorating my livingroom". It's pretty relaxed.

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