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Workers admit to considering using Norovirus as fake excuse

Published: Friday, 11 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Eight in ten workers in the UK have admitted that they would consider using the Norovirus as an excuse to get a couple of days off work, according to a new report.

The research, from employment law firm Peninsula, has also revealed that 73 per cent of employees in the UK have used the flu as an excuse to 'pull a sickie'.

Peter Done, managing director of Peninsular, said: "It's the perfect excuse for a couple of days off work and it's easy to justify and difficult for employers to prove that their employees illness is non-genuine. Employees are being told to stay away from their GPs and advised to take time off work. The legitimacy of their absence is difficult to prove."

The legal firm revealed that it has had 2,245 calls since the start of the year from employers who are worried about people going off sick because of the Norovirus.

Peninsula is a provider of employment law and health and safety services.

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