Excessive Unexcused Absences!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about absences and pregnancy:

Someone under me at my workplace has had 22 unexcused absences in 10 months of employment. Issues have been didn’t feel well, baby not well, babysitter not well, weather not good, etc. As of last week, absences are allegedly related to early pregnancy. My employer has incredibly generous leave and sick leave benefits. My manager is offsite and says there is nothing that can be done about this. She wanted to start to work from home several months back, but I disagreed since we are a service organization (within a think tank..R & D). At that time, I casually mentioned to someone in HR about her excessive absences. HR agreed she should be counseled. Because I did not agree to working from home, she agreed to 4 day work week. Her absences decreased for a few weeks and now she’s back to missing at least once a week.

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