Calling in Sick: 7 Good Reasons, 7 Lame Reasons

The Believable and Not-So-Believable Reasons to Take a Sick Day

With the unemployment rate hovering at 9.6 percent, "calling in sick" or taking unplanned time off has fallen out of fashion to such an extent that experts have invented a word to describe it -- "presenteeism." The phenomenon results in employees coming to work even when they shouldn't

That's right -- there are legitimate reasons to miss work. This article explores seven good reasons, and seven not-so-good reasons to miss work.

The rules below apply whether your company has combined paid time off (PTO), or separate sick, vacation, and personal days.