sick leave

noun

Definition of sick leave 

1 : an absence from work permitted because of illness

2 : the number of days per year for which an employer agrees to pay employees who are sick

Examples of sick leave in a Sentence

employee benefits such as vacation time and sick leave We are allotted three weeks annual sick leave. He's been on sick leave since last Thursday.
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Governor Charlie Baker has proposed limiting executive branch employees to accruing 1,000 hours of sick leave – about six months of work time – over the course of their careers. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts cap sick time for state workers?," 29 June 2018 The campaign to make mandatory paid sick leave a reality in San Antonio just got some statistical reinforcement. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "New study boosts local campaign for paid sick leave," 19 May 2018 Yes, businesses as well as their employees benefit with reasonable paid sick leave. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Cities shouldn't require businesses to offer paid sick leave," 25 June 2018 The United States is the only nation that does not require employers to extend paid sick leave to workers. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "We’re almost done with a brutal flu season. Get ready now for next year.," 2 Apr. 2018 Companies with fewer employees will be required to provide less sick leave. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Cities shouldn't require businesses to offer paid sick leave," 25 June 2018 CityHealth didn't see sufficient city policies relating to affordable housing, areas with high concentrations of alcohol stores, public transportation, earned sick leave or the minimum age for sale of tobacco products. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville makes a big leap in its health and quality of life ranking," 22 May 2018 In Wilmette, which was among more than 100 suburbs to opt out of the county’s minimum wage and paid sick leave laws, a group of pro-wage-hike residents pushed the village to adopt the county ordinance. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's minimum wage is about to jump to $12 per hour. Who are the winners and the losers?," 29 June 2018 New hires will not have overtime factored into their pension calculations, and will not have a sick leave payout after retirement. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Five Years Without A Contract, West Hartford Police, Town Agree To New Wage, Health Insurance, Pension Plans," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of sick leave

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sick leave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sick leave

: the number of days per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers who are unable to work because they are sick

: an absence from work because of sickness

sick leave

noun

Medical Definition of sick leave 

1 : an absence from work permitted because of illness

2 : the number of days per year for which an employer agrees to pay employees who are sick

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