Counting Days Away From Work
Scenario: One of your employees injured his foot at work on a Thursday. Your physician said he could not work and scheduled a follow-up appointment on the following Tuesday. The physician would then determine if your employee could return to work or would need to be away longer. The employee was not scheduled to work on Saturday or Sunday, but was scheduled to be at work on Monday.
Question: Since your employee was not scheduled to work on the weekend, do you need to record this time as part of the days away from work?
Answer: Yes, in counting days away from work Saturday and Sunday need to be recorded and are part of the calendar days your employee was unable to work. 29 CFR 1904.7 (b)(c)(iv) states:
“How do I count weekends, holidays, or other days the employee would not have worked anyway? You must count the number of calendar days the employee was unable to work as a result of the injury or illness, regardless of whether or not the employee was scheduled to work on those day(s). Weekend days, holidays, vacation days or other days off are included in the total number of days recorded if the employee would not have been able to work on those days because of a work-related injury or illness.”