How many days of paid sick leave is an American worker entitled to?

There is no federal law mandating sick leave in the US. However, some states and cities require employers to offer paid sick leave. As a result, the majority of employers do offer some form of paid sick leave to their workers, though the terms vary from state to state.

Unlike the UK, America has very little regulation concerning paid or unpaid sick leave. There is no federal law that mandates paid sick leave.

However, many states and cities require employers to offer sick leave by law. These rules and regulations vary: for example, workers in Massachusetts receive one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work. Workers in New York are given 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. You can read more about the number of paid sick leave US workers are entitled to on our blog.

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