February 7th is sickest day for employees

Businesses may be going in search of more employment law advice after yesterday (February 7th) was named the day most people are likely to throw a sickie.

With Christmas credit card bills taking their toll and the weather being less than desirable, workers up and down the country will no doubt have opted to stay in bed rather than head to the office.

"Allowing workers to text in sick is an open invitation to some people to pull the wool over [the manager's] eyes and grant themselves some free time off," suggested Peter Mooney, spokesperson at the Employment Law Advisory Services.

He emphasised that many workers will find their morale is at rock bottom and with flu still doing the rounds, staff will take this as an excuse not to head into work.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's Employee Outlook Survey recently found that 31 per cent of staff in the public sector believe they could lose their jobs.

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Published on: February 8, 2011

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