Sick leave guarantees you time of to stay home when you’re sick without losing your job. Paid sick leave includes also a guarantee of pay during the time you’re sick. Sometimes Paid Sick Policies allow paid sick leave to be used to take care for sick family members, to go to medical appointments or to address health and safety needs .
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not provide rules for sick leave. Sick leave is a matter of agreement between worker and employer.
To be eligible for paid sick leave, employees must provide proper notification of absence as discussed under the Attendance & Tardiness policy. Employees must give this notification for each day they are absent. Employees may be required to submit, in writing, the reason or reasons for their continued sick leave, the estimated date of return, and whether any supplemental income payments are being received or whether application for them is pending. In the case of certain absences in excess of three consecutive work days, the Church may request a note from the employee’s doctor. 

If an employee’s absence extends beyond the period of accrued sick leave, the employee may submit a request for a leave of absence. In such cases a written statement from the treating doctor may be required stating the employee’s ability to return to their regular duties before they are allowed to return to work. 

Up to five days of sick leave may be carried over into a new year, with a maximum accrual of 10 days. Unused sick days will be forfeit upon employment separation.  

Currently, no federal law requires the church to provide paid sick leave, though some states have passed such laws. Check with our HR Professionals to find if you’re operating in one of those states.

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