Paid Sick Leave Laws by State—What To Expect
The American dream tells us we can be entrepreneurs if we want, and we’ll earn a better living than anybody else. The dream doesn’t mention anything about having to work when sick. Around 33 million Americans don’t have paid sick leave, and many more don’t know they have, which is why a lot of employees decide to be sick at work.
The problem is, there is no federal law about sick leave, and only a handful of states and counties mandate this on their own. If you’re in a state without any law, you have to rely on your company’s sick leave rules.
This article will cover paid sick leave laws by state and show you which ones offer any protection to the employee. We’ll also explain how you can as the superior method for calling in sick without any hassle.
The following states don’t have any state-level laws regarding sick leave:
If you get sick in one of these states, don’t worry—it’s not a work-or-die situation. As an employee, you can still rely on:
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (if you contract COVID-19)
- Your company’s policy
You should also check out if your county has any local laws in place.
The FMLA is a country-wide labor law that provides employees with a job-protected unpaid leave of 12 weeks within a 12-month period. The Act doesn’t cover all instances, and there are conditions you need to meet to receive leave, as shown in the table below:
Only 15 states and the District of Columbia have any regulations about sick leave or have plans for it in place. These laws cover:
- Accrual period
- Maximum days per year
- Qualifying reasons
- Covered employees
The following table contains articles with in-depth analysis of these state laws:
|District of Columbia
You can ask for sick leave by contacting your HR department or sending an email request. Before you do that, you should know precisely why you’re asking for one and what is the law or rule on which you base your request.
If you know there’s a specific state law about sick leave, you should mention it in your leave request, but you don’t have to do the research on your own—that’s where DoNotPay comes in!
Our app will find all the rules by which your employer must abide in no time and inform you of your rights. Wel will draft your sick leave request without you having to do any of the writing.
All you need to do is and:
- Open the Request Sick Leave product
- Insert the state the company is in, and we’ll show you what sick leave laws are in place (if any)
- Answer a few questions about the company
- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
- Choose whether you want DoNotPay to:
- Send the request to your employer directly
- Share it with you so you can email it on your own
If your employer still refuses to give you sick leave, you can use DoNotPay to sue them.
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