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Complying with the new minimum wage isn't your only duty to your domestic worker. Make sure you know her leave entitlements too

by , 04 December 2014
By now you know there are new minimum wages for domestic workers.

Because a CCMA case is the last thing you want on your hands, you've adjusted your domestic worker's pay structure.

While this is all good and well, but this isn't your only legal duty.

You also have to give your domestic worker the different types of leave she's entitled to correctly.

Read on to find out about your domestic workers' leave entitlement so you can comply with the BCEA and avoid a CCMA case.

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Your domestic worker is entitled to the following types of leave


#1: Sick leave

During a three-year cycle, your domestic worker must get paid sick leave. It must be equal to the number of days she normally works in six weeks.

If, for example, she works five days a week, she's entitled to 30 days in three years. For the first six months of employment, she must get one day's sick leave for every 26 days she works.

Remember, you can ask for a medical certificate when it comes to sick leave.

To make sure it isn't a fake, check that in contains these items:

  • The name, address qualifications of the practitioner and practice number;
  • Your domestic worker's name;
  • The date and time of the examination; and
  • An indication that the doctor is satisfied your employee was too sick or injured to work for the entire period of absence.

Check out this article to find out more items to check on your worker's medical certificate.


#2: Annual leave

The Domestic Worker Toolkit says, in terms of the BCEA, your domestic worker is entitled to the following annual leave:

  • One hour for every 17 hours she works;
  • One day for every 17 days she works; and
  • Three weeks' (21 consecutive days) annual leave for every 12 months employed.

You can't let your domestic employee work for you during her annual leave period. It's also illegal to pay her, instead of letting her go on annual leave.

Remember, the BCEA makes it clear that you have a legal duty to make sure your employee goes on annual leave within the set timeframes. So make sure you comply.

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#3: Your domestic worker is also entitled to family responsibility leave; and

#4: Maternity leave.

To find out more details about family responsibility leave and maternity leave, check out the Domestic Worker Toolkit. It will give you all you need to know so you can comply with the BCEA and avoid a CCMA case.

Now that you know the different types of leave your domestic worker is entitled to, grant leave correctly.
 



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