sick leave

noun

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 Paid sick leave is another top demand of working mothers’ advocates. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Exhausted.’ A year into pandemic, working moms see help on horizon.," 3 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a measure that would provide certain home health care workers paid sick leave. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Dining with the stars, multitasking surgeon, 4 a.m. last call: News from around our 50 states," 1 Mar. 2021 Frontline workers protested for workplace protections and paid sick leave. Charles Riley, CNN, "Warren Buffett sees shades of 1980s crisis in today's bond market," 1 Mar. 2021 The survey comes just days after a similar report from Alabama Arise suggesting Alabama lawmakers expand Medicaid and guarantee paid sick leave, citing some of the problems exacerbated by the coronavirus. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Low-wage Birmingham workers struggling in pandemic, study shows," 25 Feb. 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has also highlighted the challenges of working in the gig economy, often without health insurance or paid sick leave. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "The UK Is the Latest Country to Tighten the Screws on Uber," 19 Feb. 2021 Also, this idea of a much greater entitlement to paid sick leave. The Atlantic, "Listen: ‘A Disaster for Feminism’," 19 Feb. 2021 The woman has other health conditions and had already used up a lot of her sick leave. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "More than 300 Phoenix employees have tested positive for COVID-19," 4 July 2020 Yet many of these workers are paid minimum wage and often have little or no sick leave, says Lori Porter, co-founder and chief executive officer of the National Association of Health Care Assistants, an organization that represents CNAs. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Nursing Home Workers Had One of the Deadliest Jobs of 2020," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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8 Mar 2021

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“Sick leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sick%20leave. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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sick leave

noun

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

sick leave

noun

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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