Paid Sick Days Policy

Employees do not always get to work everyday, mainly because they got sick.  That is why companies provide some time off for their sick employees, and even pay them in the process.

What is paid sick days?

Paid sick days is a type of employee benefit where an organization voluntarily provides its workers some time off from work yet they still get paid at a regular salary rate.  The number of paid sick days differs from every company. 

Some organizations often accumulate the number of paid sick days based on the employee’s years of service to the company and the level of their position, while others provide their employees with the same number of paid sick days. 

Other companies instead provide a paid time off (PTO) policy to their employees.  This consists of paid sick days, vacation leaves, and other personal days into a standard number of days that employees use at their discretion.

Laws behind paid sick days

While there are no Federal laws in the United States that require an employer to offer paid sick days as a form of employee benefit, employers often offer this to their employees as part of their comprehensive benefits package. 

In fact, many potential employees expect their would-be employers to provide paid sick days as part of the "perks" in working for the organization.

Despite the absence of Federal laws, several states consider putting into legislation a mandate for employers to have a standard number of paid sick days ranging from five to nine days, while San Francisco is the first city in the United States to mandate employers to provide such policy to their employees.

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