sick leave


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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Recent Examples on the Web Other animal-services employees refused to say whether the county has an animal shelter of any kind, and referred the newspaper to the county spokesman, who is on sick leave. Linda Satter, Arkansas Online, "Court overturns lost-dog ruling," 29 Dec. 2019 The conversion of workers to employee status may create sick leave and other obligations for the HOA, including of course payroll withholding duties. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Many new laws will affect HOAs in 2020," 19 Oct. 2019 In February, the board gave final approval to adopt the Cook County minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinances effective July 1, with the condition that the ordinance will be repealed if the state takes action that impacts Glenview. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Minimum wage increase forcing some Glenview businesses to look at how they operate," 16 July 2019 To address these disparities, the NAACP report recommends implementing a fair livable federal minimum wage and paid sick leave. Natalie Rademacher, Twin Cities, "NAACP hopes MN budget surplus can help with racial disparities. Here are their recommendations.," 7 Dec. 2019 One lawmaker abstained and another was away on sick leave. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian ministers resign after leader survives challenge," 21 Aug. 2018 Or a decent-paying job with benefits such as health care and sick leave? Washington Post, "Universal Basic Income," 29 Oct. 2019 The Mount Dora City Council will consider a settlement agreement with fired police chief John O’Grady on Tuesday night that would pay him $64,000, the amount of his accrued sick leave and vacation time. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Mount Dora reaches proposed $64K settlement with fired police chief John O’Grady," 14 Oct. 2019 Gig workers don't typically have the rights that actual employees enjoy -- things like minimum wage, overtime pay, paid sick leave, or other benefits. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Your questions about the so-called gig economy, answered," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sick leave

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Sick leave.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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

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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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