Which Labor Laws Cover Sick Paid Days?


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As of March 2015, there are no labor laws that cover paid sick days in the United States. There are no federally mandated laws that outline requirements for paid sick days.

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In the U.S., paid sick leave is determined by the employer. While many companies do offer some type of compensation for sick leave, they are not required to in most states. Companies that offer sick day reimbursement usually allot employees a specific amount of time each year that can be used for this type of absence.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is a federal law that requires employers to provide unpaid leave for an employee's family or medical reasons which are qualified by the law. Some qualified reasons include pregnancy, adoption, military leave and serious illness of the employee or immediate family member.

The Family Medical Leave Act is mandated for a period of up to 12 weeks, but some employers may offer employees additional time. Additionally, individual employers may opt to pay the employee during this time with a portion of their salary or hourly wages.

The Fair Labor Standards Act prevents employers from deducting pay from the employee in the case of illness. The only exception to this Act is if the employer has a sick plan in place that meet with required federal guidelines.

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