sick pay


: salary or wages paid to an employee while on sick leave

Examples of sick pay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Students, who often work next to unionized full-time employees, are looking for better pay, more predictable hours and benefits such as holiday and sick pay. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 Regulation put forward by Brussels will allow countries to determine a worker's employment status and eligibility for benefits like sick pay, presenting workers with more rights and protections. Alex Wood Morton, Fortune Europe, 20 Mar. 2024 Dartmouth immediately relented — bumping food service workers pay to $21 per hour, along with agreeing to sick pay for Covid-19 and overtime for late-night shifts. Billy Witz, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2024 The European Commission had proposed a version of the rules in 2021 to give gig workers stronger protections associated with employment contracts such as sick pay and eligibility for unemployment benefits. Jillian Deutsch, Fortune Europe, 13 Dec. 2023 Drivers will earn one hour of sick pay for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 56 hours per year. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 2 Nov. 2023 In December, state workplace regulators took away the requirement that employers pay workers to stay home for 5-10 days, meaning that workers with COVID have to rely on regular sick pay instead. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Apr. 2023 He gets paid £11.05 ($13) per hour, and receives holiday and sick pay. WIRED, 11 Jan. 2023 With a depressed father whose sick pay is barely covering the rent, money runs out and Joanna sets off to hunt for money to pay for her medication. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 25 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sick pay was in 1887

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“Sick pay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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