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English definition of “sickness benefit”

sickness benefit

noun     UK
[U] GOVERNMENT, WORKPLACE money a worker is paid by their government because they cannot work as a result of illness or injury : It is not possible to claim sickness benefit and work at the same time . Many people on sickness benefit are eager to take a job .
[C] HR, WORKPLACE time away from work for illness or extra money to help with illness that a company offers to workers : Pensions and sickness benefits for staff were first used by the company in 1937. Are employees entitled to long-term sickness benefits ?
→ Compare sick pay, workers' compensation
(Definition of sickness benefit noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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