The Cleveland (OH) Fire Department is demanding doctor’s excuses or other documentation from firefighters who go home sick during their work shifts.
A report from The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/tY4FLw) indicates that this comes in response to a rder is intended to combat a dramatic increase in mid-shift illnesses that has purportedly resulted in 14,000 hours of lost time each of the last two years.
The Cleveland Fire Fighters Association has filed a grievance, specifying that this punishes firefighters for a benefit guaranteed in their union contract.
The policy comes during a city investigation into possible firefighter payroll abuses and concern about fire department overtime spending.
Read more about the evolving situation in Cleveland at http://bit.ly/tY4FLw.