How many of you are experiencing severe flu symptoms but are afraid to take a day off of work because you have no sick days?  This seems to be a common problem faced by many Americans this winter season.  According to an article, "more than 40 million civilian workers don't have paid sick leave.”  Moreover, a 2011 study in the American Journal of Public Health, found that “a lack of sick time helped spread 5 million cases of flu-like illness during the 2009 swine flu outbreak.”

Sick Leave Laws: Know Your Rights!

Generally, there are no laws that require employers to offer personal days or sick leave to their employees.  Moreover, being paid for such is usually a matter of contractual obligations on the part of the employer.  When employers do offer sick days, they will provide it as a benefit for their employees.

Places With Paid Sick Days:

  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
  • The state of Connecticut

New York Law Regarding Paid Sick Leave:

New York City lawmakers are considering passing a paid sick time proposal.  If the proposal passes, employees would be given up to five paid sick days a year at businesses with at least five employees.

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