We have introduced a work from home policy that clearly states that parents should have no responsibility for children when working from home (which is also applicable when a child is sick). We will always cover a "reasonable" amount of time off, but we have had to ask some Employees to use their holiday or take unpaid leave to cover these days on occasion.
A couple of our Employees have older children and are permanently based at home. Through word of mouth, we've heard that they have worked from home when their children have been sick. which wasn't notified to us. My concern is that those Employees who have had to take holiday or unpaid leave would get to hear about this. As it's within our company policy, I feel the Employee should receive a warning about this, but one of my Directors feels that as the Employees children are older and they are meeting their targets it's OK - is this discrimination? Has anyone else heard of a policy where Employees with older children can be treated differently to those with babies?
I'd appreciate your thoughts!