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Sick leave

Sick leave (or paid sick days or sick pay) is time off from work that workers can use to stay home to address their health and safety needs without losing pay. Paid sick leave is a statutory requirement in many nations. Most European, many Latin American, a few African and a few Asian countries have legal requirements for paid sick leave. The Book of Leviticus prescribed (7) days of medical isolation for a skin condition in chapter 13. Already in 1500 BCE, at least some of the workers who built the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs received paid sick leave as well as state-supported health care.

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You're calling in sick--what excuse do you have? Flu? Migraine? Puking? Just plain sick of work?Well, your boss can't just ask your doctor without your permission. Of course, deny this permission, and see if the waters stay calm between you and your higher-ups. It's nice to have this policy, but when we're required to provide private information, is it really private anymore?

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