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What is Sick Pay?

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Definition: Federal law does not provide for paid sick leave other than the FMLA. State law may vary and companies may have a company policy providing paid time off when you, or a family member, are sick. When employers do provide sick pay, the amount of paid sick leave varies based on company policy. Union agreements may also provide for sick pay.

For companies subject to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Act does require unpaid sick leave. FMLA provides for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain medical situations for either the employee or a member of the employee's immediate family.

Also Known As: sick leave, paid sick leave

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