So, sick leave is this amazing thing. It keeps the sneezy and the contagious away from healthy people; it allows people to reduce their own physical stress by resting and healing when ill or injured; it keeps an employee’s job safe when they are unable to make it to work; it’s an incentive for an employee to return with their experience following an illness; when paid, it provides an income for someone who cannot make it to work for health reasons.
According to Dictionary.com, the phrase “sick leave” first entered the English Language in the 1830s. No indication of who is responsible for the phrase or the concept. It has been a while, and most other Developed Countries in the English or non-English speaking world have adopted sick leave requirements as a worker right. The United States has not.
To those long ago folks who started a movement heard ‘round the World, thank you. May your concept reach our shores.