Prevalence of paid sick leave
November 12, 1999
Over half of full-time employees in medium and large private establishments are eligible to receive paid sick leave.
In 1997, 56 percent of employees in medium and large private establishments were covered by a paid sick-leave benefit. There was notable variation in coverage by occupation. While 73 percent of professional and technical employees and of clerical and sales employees were covered, only 38 percent of blue-collar and service employees were.
There was also variation by occupation in the amount of annual paid sick leave an employee was eligible for. After 10 years of service, for example, professional and technical employees were eligible for 23 days on average, clerical and sales employees for 17, and blue-collar and service employees for 13.
These data are from the BLSEmployee Benefits Survey. Learn more in Employee Benefits in Medium and Large Establishments, 1997, BLS Bulletin 2517(PDF 804 K). Sick leave data presented here are for full-time employees.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Prevalence of paid sick leave on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/1999/nov/wk2/art04.htm (visited January 21, 2021).