Whenever employees are given paid time off due to an injury or illness, it’s known as sick leave. As of 2015, there are only three U.S. states and four cities that have laws mandating paid sick leave. That being said, a majority of U.S. legislatures have pending laws governing guaranteed paid sick leave. Some companies offer sick leave as part of their workplace policy while others offer it as part of either the employee contract or a collective bargaining agreement. Depending on the policy, an employee may be able to use her or his sick leave to stay home to take care of an injured or ill family member, for a doctor appointment or for safety or health requirements connected to sexual assault or domestic violence.
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