Though sick leave is not required by federal law, administration of sick leave policies may be affected by the requirements of other established federal laws.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees for a variety of reasons related to family and medical care.
Generally, leave taken under the federal FMLA is unpaid. However, employees may be eligible to receive money or pay while they are on FMLA leave by substituting paid vacation, sick, personal, or other paid leave time for unpaid FMLA leave time.
Concurrent use of sick leave during FMLA leave. The FMLA regulations require that if an employee chooses to substitute accrued paid leave for FMLA leave, he or she may do so. If an employee does not choose to substitute ...