April 5 2008 - The latest survey of sick days in the U.S. found that
time off policies are continuing to evolve with a number of states and cities exploring mandatory paid sick
Policies vary from state to state but the Benefits USA
2007/2008 survey of more than 5,400 benefit plans conducted by Compdata Surveys
found that U.S. employers offer an average of 8.4 sick days for
exempt workers and 7.6 days for non-exempt.
Two municipalities, Washington D.C. and San Francisco currently
mandate paid sick leave. Washington D.C. has a number of exemptions including:
- employees who have been at their jobs for less than a year
- employees who have worked less than 1,000 hours in
total for their current employer
- waiters and bartenders
California has recently introduced a bill to
guarantee paid sick days for all workers. The bill is modeled on San Fransisco legislation and would allow employees
to accrue a minimum of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked.
Other states exploring mandatory paid sick leave include:
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
Amy Kaminski, manager of marketing programs for Compdata Surveys said
"In particular, small organizations should be aware of pending sick day
legislation for their cities and states. While most large companies
have sick day policies in place, smaller organizations are less likely
to, as they are often more vulnerable to unplanned absences. "
The survey also showed that 57.2% of organizations
allowed employees to carry over sick days although 70% placed a cap
on how many days could be carried over. As well as time
off for personal illness, 16.7% of surveyed organizations granted leave for
family illness with an average maximum of 43.7 days.
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