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.
Recent Examples on the Web Only after sick leave and annual vacation leave is used up does the employee go on leave without pay status. The Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 17 Apr. 2022 Does your company provide sufficient maternity, paternity and sick leave? Jacqlyn Nedvin, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 In the nationwide survey conducted between September 2020 and April 2021, 152,880 individuals aged 15 years or older were questioned about their symptoms, mental and physical health, lifestyle, and sick leave. Serena Coady, SELF, 8 Mar. 2022 The first person received a warning letter for taking unscheduled sick leave and unscheduled leave without pay. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Mar. 2022 Even among the people who were technically employed, a sizable number were unable to work because of child care issues or sick leave. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 While a full-time worker who takes vacation or sick leave will still show up as employed, a flexible worker who does the same will be classified as outside the labor force. Daniel Altman, WSJ, 8 Feb. 2022 By contrast, even with many states providing a temporary covid-19 bonus for workers at long-term care facilities, lower-skilled nursing home positions typically pay closer to $15 an hour, often with minimal sick leave or benefits. Sarah Varney, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2022 For low-income workers, the inability to pay for tests or find tests can further a cycle of poverty, as many do not have paid sick leave or the ability to pay for child care. NBC News, 17 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sick leave

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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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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