Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work

Florance/ November 30, 2020/ Education

When your employees get sick, sometimes a day or two off will suffice and they can return to work in Judi online. Other times, an illness or injury requires extended time off. In these situations, it is important for employers to understand when their state requires them to offer paid sick leave. Not abiding by these laws could have serious consequences.

Read on to learn about mandatory sick leave and the states that require employers to offer paid sick leave.

What is mandatory sick leave?
Some states require employers to give employees time off when they are sick or, in certain situations, when a family member is ill. While sick leave is mandatory in various scenarios, paid sick leave is not. In other words, depending on where you live and work, you are not required to pay your employees for time they miss due to illness.

There are no federal laws that mandate paid sick leave for employees. However, the Family and Medical Leave Act requires some businesses to offer unpaid sick leave in certain medical situations where either an employee or a member of their immediate family gets sick.

The act only applies to employees who have been with the same employer for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to leave. Additionally, employees are only eligible if their employer has at least 50 employees within a 75-mile area.

Under the FMLA, employers must offer unpaid medical leave in certain situations:

When the employee’s child is born
When the employee must care for a newborn (up to 1 year of age)
When the employee adopts or fosters a child (within one year of the child being placed with the employee)
When the employee must care for their child, spouse or parent who has a serious health condition
When the employee has a health condition that makes them unable to perform their job
There are additional provisions for employees who have a child, spouse or parent on “covered active duty,” according to the FMLA, and more unpaid leave is available for employees who are caring for a wounded service member.

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