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....and that's with health insurance!!!!
I was going to ask... but didn't want to start an Obamacare argument
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Now I may sound naive, but this talk about "sick days" and "unpayed medical leave" makes me curious about your system over there. Does it mean you only have a certain amount of days you can be "sick" without loosing salary? And does surgery/recovery from surgery also count as "sick"? Would accidents/injuries also count as "sick"?


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In NZ you are entitled to 5 days sick leave per year. Employers are usually flexible and allow more on a case by case basis. Some employers allow unlimited sick leave.

If you are injured in the workplace you get paid by the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) which is funded by corporate tax.

What's the legal minimum sick leave in the States?
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No sick days is the minimum. An employer is not required to give you any paid sick leave. My company gives you 5, but if you use them all within a certain time period, you get written up for falling below acceptable attendance standards. Lol!

And neni, yes! That means if I am out sick for 6 days. I do not get paid for the 6th one. Unless I use one of my personal days or vacation time.

Medical leave means I can be off work for 90 days without losing my job. At 91? Im history!

Recovery from surgery, crash my mtb and break an arm, sprain an ankle, etc. all are no diff than having a cold. Now getting injured "On" the job is different. Workmans compensation kicks in. Pays medical bills for the injury and you get a percentage of your wage while recovering.

(...this back thing should have been workmans comp. but intitial injury was so minor, I didn't even remeber it until my back really started bugging me 3-4 days later. I didn't report it at the time. Too late now!).

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Wow... that's a lousy system - no offence intended. (Our minimaly days by law depend on the years you've worked for the recent employer, starts with 3 weeks in the first year up to 6 month in the 20th year, but actually it's standard to have an insurance that covers 80% of the wage for 2 years. Mind note: scratch childhood dream to move to Montana).

Hope you get a therapy that works and won't put you into financial problems!


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Choosing a country for employment conditions follows something like this:

Europe > Many developed nations e.g Canada/Aus/NZ > USA > 3rd world

Talking about minimum wage, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, work hours.
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Wow... that's a lousy system - no offence intended. (Our minimaly days by law depend on the years you've worked for the recent employer, starts with 3 weeks in the first year up to 6 month in the 20th year, but actually it's standard to have an insurance that covers 80% of the wage for 2 years. Mind note: scratch childhood dream to move to Montana).

Hope you get a therapy that works and won't put you into financial problems!
While often the case, not always. Some have what is called short and long term disability available to them. It's an overly complicated system. If I'm out for 10 days consecutive I go on short term disability and receive full salary. After X (not sure how many for me) weeks I have to change over to long term which only pays 66% salary. Depending on which you are on determines who pays for it.

It all depends on who you work for, union contracts, defined benefits for non union, etc.
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