sick leave

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Related Articles Gonzalez cites legislation raising minimum wages for fast food workers and those in health care, increasing paid sick leave from three days a year to five and allowing legislative staffers to unionize, as union victories last year. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 9 Apr. 2024 Will an employee still get health insurance and paid sick leave? Emma Burleigh, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2024 He recently was fitted with a prosthetic but is currently on sick leave and has medical boards ahead of him. Daria Tarasova-Markina, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 Another is working with them on flexible sick leave policies and strategies, including remote work when folks are sick to reduce the spread of these viruses and other germs. Rhett Buttle, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The government also launched the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to help businesses cover payroll expenses, sick leave, production costs, debt, rent and mortgage costs. Natallie Rocha, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 The law, which takes effect in January, also increases the amount of sick leave workers can carry over into the following year. Sophie Austin, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2023 This year, sick leave was at a record high with mental health being cited as the main reason for needing to take time off work. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 30 Dec. 2023 Others would consider homeownership and paid sick leave markers for middle-class designation. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sick leave was in 1820

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“Sick leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sick%20leave. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

sick leave

noun
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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