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How does sick leave work in the US?

There is no federal requirement for businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees in the US, though many states have their own laws requiring paid sick leave.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires companies with more than 50 employees to allow them unpaid time off for medical leave or care for a family member.

However, in reality, even without a legal obligation to provide paid leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 78% of US workers have an arrangement with their employer to provide paid time off in the event of sickness. Arrangements vary from state to state. For example, employers in Massachusetts are required to provide employees with one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours they work. Workers in New York are eligible for 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.  You can read more about paid sick leave for US employees in this article.


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