9 months ago
Last edited at 10:49AM on 3/16/2013
Yes , as strep throat is very contagious ! The Mother could bring it to work and a lot of others could get it ! You could get you a Doctor's note to confirm this if you have your doubts . My daughter had strep throat when she was young and soon after , the rest of us caught it too ! It's like Pink_eye , very contagious !
Oh ye it is very reasonable. Strep throat is very very serious. When I had it, I could not eat for a day because I how much it hurt to swollow. I had it for a week and I lost 6 pounds by the end of the week. unless she brings a not stating that she has strep throat, it is unreasonable.
Strep throat is quite serious, and if her daughter is in the early stages it's quite likely her daughter is contagious. It may even be possible for your employee to bring strep throat into the workplace without realizing it while her daughter is contagious. Once she has been on the antibiotics for a short time, she will no longer be contagious, and it should be safe for her to come in.
I'd say it's better to err on the side of safety instead of risking your entire staff.
I wouldn't buy that on on a child of that age unless there was a disability involved that could put the child in danger! You treading on HIPPA violations with regard to a child's medical records. Your best bet would be to ask for a doctors note that just says them other needs to stay to home to take of her child. Chances they can not produce the note mentioned, and that they need to be there for the child, slim.
Yes. Strep is very contagious. When I had strep really bad a few years ago, my mom wouldn't leave me unattended because I had it so bad. She ran to the store for 10 minutes to get a new thermometer because our old one said I was 105 and it was so old. If her daughter has it bad, it would be an excuse.
I'd base this on the employees past performance. Has this person always been a good worker? Been honest with you? Taken many days off? If you trust this person I'd say its s valid excuse. If not ask for reasonable proof.
If you are an employer you should know what is or isn't a valid excuse, but the fact that she gave you so much advanced warning unless you are prepared to call her a liar to her face you might as well call some one in and give her he day off. By the way you can't really punish her either unless you have proof she lied to you, otherwise you could have a lawsuit that will cost lots of money on your hands.
Peter is correct, this is a judgement call based on past record. While 16 is old enough to stay in bed the day she might be afraid to spread it( chances are she will regardless) If she is a good employee with good attendance I think she is sincere.
I may be a little over protective but if my daughter had strep throat I would stay home from work if she had a fever. My daughters 19 and I would probably still stay home if she was really bad. As a mom you never stop worrying about your kids. If she doesn't have a record of calling off and she did give you plenty of notice I wouldn't give her a hard time. Everyone's going to call off every now and then.