Shop WalMart, Get … Sick?

From MomsRising

As the New York Times recently reported, “At Wal-Mart, when employees miss one or more days because of illness or other reasons, they generally get a demerit point. Once employees obtain four points over a six-month period, they begin receiving warnings that can lead to dismissal.” [1] The article continues, showcasing people who say that this type policy means that they’ve had no choice but to go to work sick.   Sadly, for Wal-Mart employees, staying home when they’re sick hurts their family’s budget and puts their future employment status at risk.

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This is a truly terrible policy on the part of WalMart. In fact, a few months ago, a doctor at a local urgent care clinic told me not to shop at WalMart if I was worried about catching the swine flu, or for that matter, any other illness.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the word about this on your blog! We really appreciate it.


  2. John

     /  December 14, 2009

    So I’m wondering…what is the call-off policy where YOU work? Can you just miss any amount of days you want with no consequences or repercussions? Wal-mart’s attendance policy is VERY liberal! 3 consecutive absences equals one “Absence occurrence”. You are allowed 3 of these in a 6 month period before you are even TALKED to about your attendance. The next occurrence leads to a verbal coaching, the fifth occurance leads to a written coaching, the SIXTH occurance (By now we are potentially up to 18 absences in a 6 month period) leads to a Decision day, and the SEVENTH occurence (potentially up to 21 absences in 6 months) CAN lead to termination! If your health is so poor that you need to miss that much work, than you get a leave of absence (thereby ensuring that your absences do not count against you), or if your health condition is recurring and sporadic, you get an intermittent leave, so you can call off whenever you need to without fear of losing your job. Wal-mart’s attendance policy is fair and reasonable, to say the least. Someone who calls off every time they have a slight headache or a scratchy throat probably wouldn’t agree…but the majority of America’s responsible work force knows that the average person doesn’t call of every time they’re under the weather, and doesn’t get sick ebough to call off work on 7 seperate occasions in under 6 months. Next time you want to bash a company, either post some other company’s policies as well, to show a comparrison or contrast, or pick a company that doesn’t provide as many jobs and economic stimulus as Wal-mart does. Good Lord, people…find a new scapegoat.

  3. Joe

     /  December 15, 2010

    I have a friend that has worked at Walmart for three years. She has two sons, age four and five. As you know, children of that age tend to get sick more often than the rest of us. If a child has even a slight temperature or any remote sign of illness, that child must be taken out of daycare immediately to avoid propagating the illness. She is a single mom, and has no one else who can pick her children up. Consequently, she was forced to leave work, and call out of work until her child/children showed no more signs of illness.

    My friend is a VERY hard worker, and never “lays out” because she is feeling “under the weather.” Unfortunately, she has missed five work days in a rolling six month period, mainly due to separate occasions of illnesses of her children. Other events have involved her inability to get to work due to lack of transportation due to a radiator problem with her car. She has received all levels of disciplinary action including written coaching. At the time of the written coaching, she was told that “most of her absences would fall off and no longer be counted against her” by this last October.

    She was given her annual review in early December and told she only had three absences, so apparently the manager who told her her absences would fall of in October was telling the truth. On December 15th, 2010 she was pulled into the office and told that since she had ONE absence since her written coaching (bringing the total number of absences to three) she was being given a “Decision making day,” which is the final level of disciplinary action before termination.

    She in no way is guilty of “excessive absenteeism” as she has been very careful to avoid missing work unnecessarily, even working while she herself was very ill to avoid further disciplinary action. Now, please re-evaluate your statement, as I believe it is untrue and portrays any who get fired due to attendance as somehow lazy or careless.

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