Department of Veterans Affairs

Sick Leave

I propose that the government "buy back" or allow federal employees to cash in on their sick leave when it reaches a certain amount. Currently, the system is "use or lose" and many employees will take "sick days" when they are not sick in order to not lose that time. (or if they have taken a job with another company, the employee will use as much sick time as possible before they leave their position). When an employee calls in sick, it leaves the rest of the department short staff and decreases the productivity of the department. By allowing employees to trade in sick hours for money, I believe you would see a decrease in the amount of sick calls with federal employees...especially with the current economy.

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