• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the majority of workers in the United States currently receive paid time off. However, the way employers classify that time and its uses varies. For instance, many employers offer company-paid personal days which may not be classified as “sick time” per se, but provide an employee with the ability to take time off for any number of personal reasons. Likewise, there is a growing trend where companies provide one comprehensive paid time off (PTO) plan which does not differentiate between vacation time, sick leave, personal days, etc.

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not break down sick leave data by state, only by region. However, in June 2011 the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) surveyed over 300 employers and found that the majority offered specifically designated sick time.

  • Specifically, 71 percent of large employers (defined as having 50 or more employees) and 67 percent of small employers (fewer than 50 employees) reported offering this benefit. This finding was supported by another question included in the same survey which asked what types of absences are included in an employer’s PTO system. In response to this question, 81 percent of large companies and 91 percent of small companies noted that sick leave was a benefit explicitly provided. Further, many of the companies surveyed also noted that they offered paid holidays, personal days, bereavement leave, and maternity/adoption leave in addition to sick leave.

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