There is no federal law requiring employers to provide
employees paid sick leave--a short-term salary-continuation program
for employees absent because of a non-job-related illness or injury--but
most employers do provide it as an important employee benefit. Employers
establishing or amending a sick leave policy should consider other
disability income policies, how unused sick leave should be addressed,
liability for sick leave, and general discrimination issues. When
adopting a policy, employers must be sure that it fully complies with
federal or state family/medical leave laws, the Americans
with Disabilities Act , and any other applicable laws.
There are many alternatives to standard sick leave policies, including
flexible leave policies, no-fault attendance policies, leave donation
programs and paid-time-off banks.
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