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Helping a new hire

We just hired a young girl with several young children from the workforce. The problem is, she has already called in during the first week because of a sick child. A sick child is important, but to keep a job, a mother needs to have foresight of a backup plan in case of a sick child. We are afraid that this maybe a repetitive habit of the new hire. We really don't want to fire her, but attendance is very important. What suggestions do you have that we can pass on to the new hire to help her keep her job?

Does SRS (Social Rehabilitation Services) offer emergency babysitting help for young working mothers?

Thanks in advance

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:36 AM on Jun. 18, 2009 in Money & Work

Answers (2)
  • i don't know about babysitting help. but maybe you could offer names of sitters in the area for her, she may not know anyone who can watch her child. and yes it is important to have backup for sick kids, but depending on how young the sick child is or how sick the child was, she may not have wanted to leave her w/someone else. just explain to her that calling out immediately after being hired does not look good for her, that if she needs to find a few different sitters in case a sitter is sick or the kids are sick and her regular sitter won't take them if they are sick. some people really just don't know that b/c they weren't taught. this always worked for me when we had this problem where i used to work, and normally sitting down and talking to the person nicely and right away helped to solve the problem and let us know what it was she needed in order to come to work, there were a few cases where they didn't know anyone else.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 10:40 AM on Jun. 18, 2009

  • Legally, you can't ask her any questions regarding her childcare arrangements.
    You certainly can offer her suggestions for emergency backup care.
    Make sure that the sick policy in your employee manual is clear, and that she has signed an acknowledgement that she read and understands the manual.
    Good luck!

    Answer by rkoloms at 3:05 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

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