sick pay


Definition of 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 That agreement, which expired Wednesday, laid out detailed safety protocols as well as sick pay and compensation for time taken for testing or placing people in quarantine. Los Angeles Times, 1 July 2021 An emergency sick-care plan for hourly Circle K workers includes a bank of sick pay time and a pay-continuation benefit for people diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed under a mandatory quarantine. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2021 Employees are entitled to minimum wages, overtime, sick pay, workers’ compensation and payment of work expenses that are not guaranteed by law to independent contractors. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 Uber driver Conrad Delphine looked forward to getting paid time off after years of working without holiday or sick pay. Kelvin Chan, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Feb. 2021 The Pearblossom dispute illustrates the challenge of enforcing leave laws, even if the Legislature mandates two weeks of sick pay for COVID-19. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2021 Under the scheme, Uber would still not be required to pay minimum wage for all the hours workers spend signed on to its apps, nor traditional benefits including sick pay and family leave. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 19 Feb. 2021 In Canada, provinces are in charge of sick pay itself, and 58% of workers have no access. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Feb. 2021 The virus often leaves economic devastation in its wake because so many people who fall ill are working in jobs that provide no health benefits or sick pay. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of sick pay

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sick pay was in 1887

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19 Jul 2021

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“Sick pay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sick pay

: money that is paid by an employer to a person who misses work because of sickness


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