Record numbers of parents have been caught faking child sick leave in Sweden.
The country pays 80 per cent salary costs if a child is unwell but hundreds of parents have been busted telling lies about their children’s health, according to The Local.
The Swedish police have received 400 reports on cheating parents and more than half of them are mothers.
In Australia, full-time and part-time workers are entitled to full pay for a day off sick or for carer’s leave. The minimum requirement for employers is ten days per year and employers can ask for evidence – even if an employee has only been off sick for one day.
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"An employee who doesn't give their employer evidence when asked may not be entitled to be paid for their sick or carer’s leave," says the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
Pre-baby I thought people could be faking their children's sick days. They often called at the last minute. They sounded fine. They were just getting out of a day's work, I thought. Shame on me.
Since returning to work, I can now fully understand the horrible conflict between having to work and caring for a sick child.
My baby doesn't yet know how to fake a sick day and when he's sick I don't feel great either.
I'm not talking about serious illnesses, I'm talking about common colds, tummy bugs or 4am meltdowns. I now realise the reality of how hard it is to do normal things with even a mildly sick child. My pre-baby self thought that a child sick day was a relaxing day off for parents lucky enough to have snotty children.
It's harder work to stay at home with a sick child than going to work. All the training in the world could not prepare me for an inconsolable child.
Children in childcare fall ill up to ten times a year. Image via iStock.