Paid Sick Leave

Paid medical leave policies require employers to offer employees paid time off for short-term medical needs. Many employers offer paid sick leave in the absence of a legislated mandate, but some states and cities have adopted their own policies. States vary in terms of who is covered and how much time off must be provided.

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State paid sick leave policies improve access to paid leave, increase leave-taking, and improve adult health outcomes with minimal or no adverse effects on employment or wages, leaving workers better off overall.

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