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  • Sick leave on probation

    Just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on sick leave on probation
    Our current thought at my dept is its ok within reason
    We front load new hires with sick leave for a year or two so they have sick leave but of course no new hires want to use it on probation
    But... Would you really want them to come to work sick or a family member sick and not be 100%

  • #2
    This is dumb to not take sick leave if you are sick. We as culture have made it that if your new you don't get time off. which I get to a certain degree. But if your legitimately sick then take your sick days and get to 100% so you can perform to the expected level.


    • #3
      If your sick, bang out sick. Nothing drives me more crazy than when a probie comes to work sick, and then I get sick and feel like crap for the next few days.... Unions fought for it, take advantage of it, and think of your brother firefighters!! Ugh this strikes a nerve. I don't care if you have a ****ty immune system and your sick every couple months. Don't get me sick, I have too much stuff going on!!! But make sure you show up enough to train and know your job..


      • #4
        In our department, it's fine for a probationary firefighter to use their sick leave within reason. We understand that people get sick and we have even sent probie firefighters home because they were trying to "tough it out".

        If a probie firefighter is asking for more can a shift off in a row then that will raise some eyebrows. A new firefighter shouldn't use all their sick leave within their probationary year though.



        • #5
          Originally posted by fire5555
          Some cities do not allow sick leave on probation, that is the point of the question
          Can someone cover the probie's shift, with payback after the probie is able to work someone else's shift? If the old guys don't help the young guys, and teach the young guys how things work, how are the probies going to know anything?
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