What can paid sick leave be used for?

An employee may use earned sick leave:

  • for the employee's:

    1. mental or physical illness, injury or health condition;

    2. medical diagnosis, care or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury or health condition; or

    3. preventive medical care;

  • for care of family members of the employee for the same reasons as above;

  • for meetings at the employee's child's school or place of care related to the child's health or disability; or

  • for absence necessary due to domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking suffered by the employee or a family member of the employee, provided that the leave is for the employee to:

    1. obtain medical or psychological treatment or other counseling;

    2. relocate;

    3. prepare for or participate in legal proceedings; or

    4. obtain services or assist a family member of the employee with any of the activities set forth in Subparagraphs (1) through (3) of this paragraph.

How is paid sick leave earned?

This is up to the employer. The employer could choose to grant an employee 64 hours at the beginning of the year, or they can provide one hour for every thirty hours worked throughout the year. You should contact your employer’s human resources department for more information.

If I run out of sick leave, is my employer allowed to issue disciplinary action if I were to call in sick again?

If you have no more accrued sick leave available, your request for sick leave no longer falls under the Healthy Workplaces Act and its protections. Whether your employer will issue disciplinary action will be determined by the employer’s policy. You should contact your employer’s HR Department or consult the employer’s policies to determine what, if any, disciplinary actions may be issued.

Does paid sick leave get paid out upon separation?

The Act does not require earned sick leave to be paid out upon an employee’s separation, however, an employer may have a policy that allows it. Employees who do receive payout of some or all their unused leave upon separation will be deemed to have used that leave. Those employees will not be eligible to have this leave restored if they return to the company within 12 months.


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