Aug 15, 2018 - 12:28 AM
Company rollover policies vary. Some employers choose to separate sick days from vacation days and only allow for the latter to roll over. In this type of scenario, if you have 5 sick days and 10 vacation days per year but only use 3 sick days and 4 vacation days, you’ll go into the next year with 6 rolled over vacation days added to your new 10-day allotment. However, your leftover sick days won’t roll over. Other companies may lump sick and vacation days together and allow for rollover of any unused days.
Another important consideration is accrual. Do you have access to all your sick days at the start of the year, or do you accrue paid sick leave over time? Most companies offer some flexibility; this way, getting the flu in January won’t result in pass loss simply because your sick days haven’t accrued to cover the duration of your illness. You may want to write a sick leave letter when an illness requires recovery longer than a couple days.