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Do I have to provide my employees with paid sick leave?

If you own a business in Miami, you likely depend on your employees showing up for work when they are scheduled to be on duty. However, inevitably people do get sick and are sometimes unable to make it to work. While some companies may offer paid time for employees who are sick, there is no law that requires employers to do so.

According to CNN, legislation was passed in 2013 specifically barring municipalities in Florida from requiring companies to offer sick days. This means that employees who call out sick from work risk losing their jobs. The law was generally considered positive for employers in that they would not need to pay employees who do not show up. Some also point out that it also made the law consistent across the state as opposed to cities and counties enacting their own sick leave policies.

It is very important to note, however, that if you do chose to offer your workers paid time for illness, you must follow through with that or risk being found in breach of contract. Even if an employee does not have an individual employment contract with you, written company policies, such as those found in company handbooks, have been considered contracts by the courts.

In addition, there is no law on the federal level that requires employers to pay sick leave. However, if your company is subject to the Family Medical Leave Act, your employees may be entitled to unpaid time off to care for themselves or a family member. This is provided as general information on this topic and is not intended to be legal advice.

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