(Closed) Sick Time Debate – Hourly vs Salaried

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My gosh, tell Linda to have a heart!! I don’t know what other circumstances your supervisor uses sick time, but that Friday seems pretty legit! I can’t imagine losing two such important members of a family within 2 weeks. She could probably use more than 1 day! That poor woman is probably exhausted. Whether or not she’s actually “sick” doesn’t matter. 


Post # 4
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The reason why salaried people have more flexibility with sick time is because they have to work until the job is done.

There is no “My overtime is not approved” or “its 5:00, time to go home Ill have to finish this tomorrow” So if that includes working till 10, on a Saturday or responding to their blackberry while on vacation they have to do it. Hourly employees dont have to do the extra work generally without a monetary compensation.

The upside to salary is that you do get more flexibility. an extra vacation day that goes undocumented or leave early etc. However, even salaried people get a certain number of sick days. They accrue it as the year progresses. 

Post # 5
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@howtobeawife:  My husband (who is salaried) operates like this.  I understand that there are salaried people who look for any excuse to be out the door, but some people don’t do that.

The official company policy, is that, as salaried employees, they stay late enough that the difference is made up during the course of the year.

And so far, it has been true.  I can count on two fingers the times he has used his salaried benefits to not go in/cut out early, (once was because I had the flu, was pregnant, and had a 6 month old, and once was for the gender scan for our new baby) and there aren’t even numbers for how many days he has been at work until 11pm because of some catastrophe.

Add to this, the fact that three nights a week he is responsible for monitoring the situation from home until MIDNIGHT, and I could give a rats ass about what people think about this time off habits.

I think, in your situation, Linda should mind her own business, because commenting on your supervisor’s time off habits is begging for trouble.  If it is bad and untrustworthy, someone will eventually see it, and if it’s not, then Linda probably doesn’t know all of the behind the scenes stuff that this woman does.  Sick time vs. bereavement leave is just quibbling.  Doesn’t she have anything better to worry about??

Post # 6
14656 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What is the difference anyways between using ‘sick time’ and ‘bereavement leave’.. end result is the same – she’s not at work and getting paid for it.

Post # 7
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@pinkshoes:  If it’s like my company, bereavement time is a set amount of days you can take off per year for bereavement. Sick time is unlimited.

My company gives 3 bereavement days, 3 personal days, and 15 earned days off, but we don’t earn sick time and it’s unlimited. Once you’ve used your bereavement, you need to use your personal or earned time off if another death should happen. So Linda probably thinks that she should use the time off designated for what she is using it for, and not the sick time, which is ‘free’.

Either way she should mind her own business. Negative talk in the office only brings others down.

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