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Receptionist trouble

Recently my employer has been out on medical leave. In the past few weeks the receptionist has been late returning from lunch twice by 1-2 hours and on 3 other occasions she has come to work “impaired” to the point she can barely do her job. Yesterday she called in sick after lunch and left me in the lurch alone with patients.she said she is on a new medication. My boss doesn’t know what to do. I am not comfortable working alone int he offic.Help!

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I don’t blame you for feeling uncomfortable alone, this is a valid concern! Whether your boss is out on leave or not, this is a serious situation that they need to deal with immediately. It’s also a liability, especially if you are being left alone. Your boss really needs to step-up and be the boss. “Not knowing what to do” is not an excuse here. If your boss knows what is going on and the receptionist happens to get in a car accident on the way home from work or has an accident at work – even though “impaired,” the liability may fall on your employer. I actually called OSHA (anonymously) about this because per OSHA, “Every organization must provide a safe working environment for its employees and follow all applicable laws and regulations governing workplace safety and health.” They told me you should call and speak with an OSHA enforcement officer, which you can do anonymously. You should feel safe at work at all times and your boss should provide a safe work environment at all times.

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