sick day


Definition of sick day 

: a paid day of sick leave

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Half-pay for sick days was an initiative to combat rampant absenteeism among state employees in the early 1980s. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Disgraced ex-Madigan aide to collect $130K," 26 June 2018 Amazon warehouse workers afraid to go to the bathroom or take a sick day. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Under pressure, afraid to take bathroom breaks? Inside Amazon’s fast-paced warehouse world," 2 July 2018 According to the contract, Sichel received 30 vacation days in the 2017-2018 school year, 12 sick days, 13 holidays and three bereavement days. Kathy Boccella,, "Abington superintendent to retire after Stephen Schwarzman donation debacle," 9 July 2018 The board would have granted concessions such as not slashing vacation and sick days or eliminating a Christmas bonus if legislators had approved the bill. Washington Post, "Puerto Rico senators deal blow to governor amid budget clash," 3 July 2018 According to the terms of the extension, Keller can accrue up to 25 vacation days a year, 12 sick days a year and up to four personal days a year. Phil Rockrohr,, "Lake Zurich village manager receives extension, including 12-percent salary increase," 3 July 2018 After that, any sick days that teachers accrue cannot be counted toward their pension. Allison Ross, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's surprise pension reform bill: The key points you should know," 30 Mar. 2018 In all, Mapes racked up 320 unused sick days over a 40-year career. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Disgraced ex-Madigan aide to collect $130K," 26 June 2018 But the protests seen so far this year don’t legally count as strikes, since many superintendents are pre-emptively closing down schools, and other teachers are using sick days to protest. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "When Teachers Strike, Parents Face Dilemma," 30 Apr. 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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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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