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Sick Time Pay

There is no mention of sick time pay in any federal or state law. The sick pay claim depends upon the employment agreement between an employer and an employee ( e.g., a collective bargaining agreement), or if it is mentioned in the employer's policy handbook. Likewise, the employer is not required to pay employees for accrued sick time when the employment is ended by any party. Unlike accrued vacation time, which in some states can be paid in the final paycheck, sick time cannot be paid as cash under any law. It depends upon the employer, whether unused sick time is to be paid for or not. However, some employers do pay for unused sick time, as an incentive for not misusing sick leave.

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