sick day


Definition of sick day

: a paid day of sick leave

Examples of sick day in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some states have instituted laws that mandate paid sick days, the federal government doesn't require employers to offer it. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The U.S. is near full employment. Get ready for a bad flu season," 15 Jan. 2020 According to Cigna, lonely workers take twice as many sick days as non-lonely workers—9.5 days, compared with 4.2 days—and miss more days of work because of stress. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "Younger Workers Feel Lonely at the Office," 23 Jan. 2020 Still, all those sick days taught me a life lesson: The right dish can be a soothing antidote. Washington Post, "8 sick-day recipes to cure what ails you," 13 Jan. 2020 While this is no doubt a necessary step toward ensuring that household workers are treated well, the problems that Parasite lays bare aren’t only about paychecks and sick days. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "“Parasite” nails the inherent inequality of hiring household help," 20 Dec. 2019 The Newton Teachers Association approved a new contract agreement Monday that will include raises, plus more family leave and sick days for educators and other school staff., "The agreement spans three years from September 2020 to August 2023, plus a one-year deal for the current school year, he said.," 19 Dec. 2019 Cashing out the superintendent's sick days at maximum would cost the district about $114,000. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Mesa school district defends bonuses, administrative spending," 22 Nov. 2019 Typical contracts in the Chicago area allow employees to save 175 to 200 sick days. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Chicago teachers can bank a lot more sick days in their new contract. Why? Because they were absent much more under the old plan.," 7 Nov. 2019 Currently, teachers use vacation and sick days for pregnancy leaves. Adam Beam, San Diego Union-Tribune, "California governor ends Legislative session with vetoes," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sick day

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Sick day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sick day

: a paid day in which an employee does not work because he or she is sick

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