What can I do to stop my company from forcing us to use vacation time to visit the doctor?
November 19, 2012 8:41 PM Subscribe
My organization is forcing us to use vacation time instead of sick leave to visit the doctor. YANML, but is this actually legal? What can we do to get them to change this policy?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a medium-sized multinational organization, with an office in New York. Recently they instituted a new rule that says that if you want to take off time to see a doctor for something other than an emergency, you have to use vacation time (of which we only get 12 days a year); only emergencies or necessary treatments are covered by actual sick leave (of which we get 7 days a year).
Further, on the form to request off time, you need to explain why you're going to the doctor and it has to be for only "emergencies." Their reasoning is that if you're physically capable of coming to the office, then your condition is not severe enough to count as "sick leave," so you need to prove that you did, in fact, have a true emergency. This seems exceedingly unfair, not to mention a likely violation of HIPAA and/or FMLA. I know you're not my lawyer and all that, but has anyone dealt with this sort of thing? Do we have any recourse? Are there any relevant laws or rulings that I can bring to my employer to get them to back off?