Public servants in Canberra have an obligation to taxpayers and their colleagues to show up to work on Monday, former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell says.
Ms Carnell, now chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is urging workers around the country not to give themselves a long weekend by taking a sickie on Monday, the day before the Australia Day public holiday.
"I said to my staff a couple of weeks ago 'there's this Monday and what I need is for those of you who want a long weekend to give me your leave form now so we can plan around it'," Ms Carnell said.
"Those of you who don't want to take a leave day, could you please turn up at work."
"So we dealt with the issue and I think it's important for employers to have that discussion with staff, to make it clear that anyone calling in on Monday and claiming a sickie will have to provide a medical certificate because you really really are going to have to be sick."
The Chamber of Commerce said that bosses should take a tough line with employees who abuse the trust placed in them by pretending to be sick.
"Sick leave is an employee benefit specifically meant to be used when workers are ill," Ms Carnell said.
"Apart from abusing the trust of their employers and imposing additional tasks on their colleagues, workers who illegitimately take sickies can leave themselves financially exposed when they actually fall ill if they have already exhausted their entitlement to sick leave.
"Employers have a right to request evidence from employees claiming sick leave such as medical certificates, and if workers exploit the entitlement, we will likely see more employers request these.
"Workplaces should operate on the basis of mutual respect and trust.
"Reasonable employers will not begrudge their staff having a well-earned break but it needs to be done the right way."
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