The answer to this leave question is as follows:
'Your employee is allowed to take his full sick leave allowance at the beginning of the sick leave cycle – that is, it's not pro-rated over a period of time,' says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
If he does this, it means he won't be entitled to any more paid sick leave for the remainder of the sick leave cycle. Further sick leave will be unpaid unless agreed otherwise in terms of the employment contract, a policy or a collective agreement.
Here are the important points to remember regarding sick leave
During your employee's first six months of employment, he's entitled to one day's paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.
After that, your employee's entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days he would normally work during a period of six weeks during a 36 month cycle – also called 'the sick leave cycle'.
You don't have to pay your employee for sick leave if he's been absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period and, on your request, doesn't produce a medical certificate.
Knowing what labour law says bout sick leave will help ensure you're in line with the law.
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