Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no federal law requiring private employers to provide employees with paid sick leave—a short-term salary-continuation program for employees absent because of a non-job-related illness or injury—but most employers do provide it as an important employee benefit.
Employers establishing or amending a sick leave policy should consider other disability income policies, how unused sick leave should be addressed, liability for sick leave, and general discrimination issues. When adopting a policy, employers must be sure that it fully complies with federal or state family/medical leave laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and any other applicable laws. There are many alternatives to standard sick leave policies, including flexible leave policies, no-fault attendance policies, leave donation programs, and paid-time-off banks.
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Additional information on sick leave requirements for federal contractors is available.
A growing number of states and municipalities are legislating paid sick leave laws applicable to employers that do business within state or municipal jurisdictions.
Employers that offer paid sick leave usually require as a prerequisite that employees be employed for a certain minimum period, typically 3 to 6 months, before becoming eligible to take sick leave. Most employers use the “accrual” method of calculating sick time, in which employees earn a certain number of hours or days for each month worked, up to a fixed number of days annually.
Disability policies. After the sick leave period, an employee might need to go on short-term disability, an insured (or self-insured) program that pays a partial ...

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