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South Carolina Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no South Carolina law requiring private sector employers to provide employees with paid or unpaid sick leave.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
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Furthermore, employers must notify each employee in writing, at the time of hiring, of the hours and wages agreed upon, which include paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave time. Employers may also fulfill this notification requirement by posting the terms conspicuously in the workplace.
Any changes in these terms (except for wage increases) must be made in writing at least 7 calendar days before they become effective (SC Code Sec. 41-10-30et seq.).
State law requires that permanent full-time state employees be allowed 15 days' paid sick leave each year.
Leave may be accumulated, but no more than 180 days may be carried over from one calendar year to the next.
Part-time employees of the state are entitled to sick leave on a prorated basis (SC Code Sec. 8-11-40).
Employees may also use up to 10 days of sick leave each year to care for ill members of their immediate family or for family members’ doctor appointments.
“Immediate family” means the employee's spouse and children and the following relations to the employee or the spouse of the employee: mother, father, brother, sister, grandparent, legal guardian, and grandchildren.
Additional information on sick leave for public employees is available from the Division of State Human ...

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