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Are you obliged to grant study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave? Here's what the law says

by , 01 December 2016
Are you obliged to grant study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave? Here's what the law saysAs you know, an employee who's been employed for longer than four months and works at least four days a week is entitled, during any leave cycle, to three days' paid family responsibility leave.

But, do you know what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says about study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave? Read on to find out...

If you're not sure of what the BCEA says regarding study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave, the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service has you covered.

Here's what the BCEA says about granting study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave

There's no statutory obligation to provide your employees with:

  • Study leave;
  • Leave for participation in sporting activities;
  • Unpaid leave; and
  • Special leave.

But here are some basics guidelines you could use…

Study leave and leave for sporting activities

While you're under no legal obligation, it's fairly common practice for employers to provide:

  • Study leave to employees who take up work-related studies; and
  • Leave to enable an employee to compete in a national or provincial sporting event.

You're free to establish and enforce your own policies for study leave and leave for sporting activities.

Just be consistent when you grant this leave. For example, don't grant it to a male employee who plays provincial rugby and then refuse to allow leave to a female employee selected to represent her province in netball.

Unpaid leave and special leave

It's up to you to decide whether or not you allow an employee to take unpaid or special leave.

Again, remember to be consistent when you grant this leave.

Knowing what the BCEA says about study leave, leave for sporting activities, unpaid leave and special leave will help ensure you manage leave effectively.
 

An ineffective leave policy could cripple your business from right under your nose
 
 
Did you know that not forcing your employees to take their annual leave could end up costing you anything up to R15,000 per employee?
 
That's right - employees that don't take leave could be costing you just as much as those that abuse it.
 
That's because any leave that's accrued into the following financial year will increase the leave bill for your company and therefore severely affect your organisation in the long run.
 
That's why I'm excited to introduce you to a resource that completely takes the stress and confusion out of managing annual leave in your company. A resource that will:
  • Help you create a water-tight leave policy,
  • Help you know your rights and responsibilities,
  • Give you step-by-step instructions on managing annual leave effectively,
  • Is 100% legally compliant,
  • And gives you tips and tools to save you the most time and money…

Find out more here



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