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

The ordinance, which passed in April on a 10-4 vote, mandates paid sick leave for employees who work at least 80 hours a year in Dallas. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Texas AG Ken Paxton joins sick leave lawsuit against Dallas," 7 Aug. 2019 Among other terms and conditions, the tentative agreement includes a new cap on accrual of sick leave for new hires, who will be allowed to accumulate no more than 784 hours. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach reaches agreement on new contract with fire union," 23 July 2019 This would mandate minimum wages, health benefits, and sick leave — and could cost Uber and Lyft hundreds of millions of dollars. James P. Sutton, National Review, "Are the Uber and Lyft Bubbles about to Burst?," 12 July 2019 The school district blamed a 1976 California law stating public school teachers can take up to 100 days of sick leave but can be docked the cost of their replacement. Heather Knight,, "‘It’s so crazy:’ Lowell teacher docked pay while undergoing liver transplant," 7 June 2019 An unfair policy Columnist Heather Knight has detailed San Francisco Unified School District’s unfair sick leave policy before, but a change could be on the horizon. Jen Thomas,, "Bay Briefing: Feeling at home while at school," 26 July 2019 That status means workers don't get the same rights as employees, such as a minimum wage, overtime, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave or on-the-job expenses. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "On-demand workers are protesting -- using the apps they work for," 14 June 2019 Albert Nekimken, an adjunct associate professor at UMUC, argues that filling the ranks with low-paid, part-time adjuncts who have no health insurance, sick leave or retirement benefits undermines the teaching profession. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "‘UMUC is not like everybody else’: Tensions flare over school’s direction," 16 June 2019 The mayor had declined to defend the city’s paid sick leave policy from legislative attacks in Austin, leading to a rift with the Texas Organizing Project, which had led a petition drive for the policy. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio mayor, with slim reelection margin, looks ahead," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of sick leave

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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