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Because guidance–either in the form of case law, rules or regulations–is sparse, employers may be better off separating their policies to distinguish between paid sick leave and personal or vacation time. (Photo: Shutterstock)

An employee calls out of work because of the flu. Simple enough. But, should the employer pay the employee for the day? Should it be designated as a sick day? Does it matter what state or city they are in?

Numerous recently enacted state and local laws necessitate different responses. Over the past couple of years, lawmakers have enacted state and local paid sick leave laws that mandate exactly how much paid sick leave an employee is entitled to, how it must be accrued and why it may be taken, in conjunction with strict penalties for violations.

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