Can I take time off if I am sick or a family member is sick?
Maybe – it depends on how many workers your company has and the number of hours you have worked. See the legal aid booklet, Taking Time Off from Work.
Will I get paid for the time off?
You might get paid sick time if all of these things are true:
- Your company has 50 or more employees.
- You have worked enough total hours for your employer to qualify for paid time off and you recently worked an average of at least 10 hours per week.
- Your company does not already give you paid time off (like personal or vacation leave days) that you can use when you or a family member are sick.
- You are an hourly worker who is entitled to minimum wage and overtime.
To find out more about paid sick time, call the State of Connecticut Department of Labor at 860-263-6790.
How much time can I take off?
Unless your employer offers more paid time, the most paid sick leave you can take off each year is 40 hours (or five days if you work eight hours per day). You earn one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours you work.
How do I ask for sick time off?
If you know ahead of time you want to use your paid time off, you don’t have to give more than 7 days’ notice. If you didn’t know ahead of time, tell your supervisor as soon as possible.
For unpaid time off under the Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) law, you must give 30 days’ notice or as much notice as you can.
It is always best to ask for time off in writing, but it is not required.