When do sick days kick in?

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When do sick days kick in?

My handbook states that sick days are calculated according to the calendar year. Full-time employees are eligible upon completion of introductory period for 4 paid sick days each calendar

year. During your initial year of employment,after completing the introductory period,you receive sick days on a prorated basis.Your HR manager will inform you of the number of days and the date on which you become eligible. Exempt employees will receive sick pay in compliance with state and

federal wage and hours. I’m just trying to figure out if I get my sick days at the beginning of the year or if I’d have to accrue it. I started working at that company in 09/14 and was fired 01/18

Asked on February 22, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The law does not provide any general answer: it is entirely up to company policy, since sick days are not even required by law--it is voluntary for the employer to provide them. Earning or accruing over time (e.g. if you get 4 days/year, 1 every three months) is more common than getting them all as one lump sum at the beginning of the year, but a company could choose to provide them as a lump sum--it depends on what the employer wants to do. What have they don with other employees in the past? That's the best guide to what their actual policy is, since they have to keep doing what they have done, at least until they announce a change in policy.

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