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 Wilmette Village Board will decide June 26 whether to allow workers in the village to receive a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave. Chicago Tribune,, "Letter: Facts support minimum wage hike, sick leave," 15 June 2018 Snyder infuriated Democrats by signing bills Friday to significantly scale back minimum wage and paid sick leave laws . David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "GOP power play in Michigan must go through pragmatic Snyder," 17 Dec. 2018 In a letter to San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City Council, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seen in Austin on May 1, 2018, said state law gives municipalities no authority to impose a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance on all businesses. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas AG warns San Antonio officials about proposed paid sick leave ordinance," 10 July 2018 In February the city passed a San Francisco-like ordinance to force employers to offer a week of paid sick leave annually—with an exemption, of course, for union shops. John Daniel Davidson, WSJ, "Austin Votes to Keep the Books Closed," 30 Nov. 2018 Riders and drivers deserve to know for certain who is accountable when buses break down, when our members get disciplined for using sick leave. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "Service changes coming to D.C. Circulator, but new operations contract still pending," 24 May 2018 Complications or not, the antibiotic group overall took a median of 11 days of sick leave to recover, while the surgery group took 22 days. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "After century of removing appendixes, docs find antibiotics can be enough," 26 Sep. 2018 Jolene Garcia , community organizer for Working Texans for Paid sick leave, leads a chant Thursday before the City Council meeting. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "4th Court sides with city on sick-pay petition," 15 June 2018 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., "Should Massachusetts cap sick time for state workers?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of sick leave

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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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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