How does sick leave work in the US?

There is no national requirement in the US to offer paid sick leave, though many states have their own laws on this. However, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires companies with more than 50 employees to allow them unpaid time off for medical leave, or to care for a family member.

In the US, there is no requirement that businesses offer paid sick leave to their employees. The only thing they must do (provided the business employees more than 50 employees) is to allow staff unpaid time off for medical leave, or to care for a family member.

However, in reality, even without a legal obligation to provide paid leave, 74% of full-time US workers have an arrangement with their employer to provide paid time off in the event of sickness. Arrangements vary from state to state. You can read more about paid sick leave for US employees on our blog.

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