Utah Sick Leave: What you need to know

There is no Utah law requiring private employers to grant their employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do provide it and find that it is a popular employee benefit. It is important to remember that if sick leave is promised, an employer may have a legal obligation to grant it. Utah courts have held that under certain circumstances, policies published in employee handbooks, oral promises, or practices that are simply understood as policy may constitute binding and enforceable implied contracts.
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State employees who work 40 hours per pay period accrue paid sick leave at the rate of four hours for each pay period. Employees may begin to use accrued sick leave after completing the equivalent of at least two full pay periods of employment. Sick leave may be used for preventive health and dental care, maternity/paternity and adoption care, or for absence from duty because of illness, injury, or temporary disability of a spouse or dependents living in the employee's home. Exceptions may be granted for other unique medical situations.
Employees must contact management at the beginning of the scheduled workday they are absent because of illness or injury. Management may require reports for serious illnesses or injuries. Any application for a grant of sick leave to cover an absence that exceeds 3 consecutive working days must be supported by administratively acceptable evidence. If there is reason to believe that an employee is abusing sick leave, a supervisor may require an employee to produce evidence regardless of the number of sick hours used.
Any absence for illness beyond the accrued sick leave credit may continue under the following provisions: An approved ...

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