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Confused about sick leave? These answers to these four questions may shed some light...

by , 03 April 2014
There's a lot of confusion regarding sick leave. It's no wonder it's rife in many companies. If you want to understand the rules regarding sick leave and put an end to the abuse, checkout the following answers.

#1: What's the aim on sick leave?

Answer: HR Works says the objective of sick leave is to ensure that employees don't have to work whilst sick, risking their health and that of their colleagues.

#2: What's management's role when it comes to sick leave?

Answer: Itsmanagement's responsibility to ensure that sick leave is recorded on a Leave Application Form. Management must ensure that the completed form and a doctor's certificate (when applicable) are forwarded to Human Resources for processing immediately after the employee returns to work.


In 2014 you will contribute to R19 billion spent in sick leave!

Sounds impossible, I know. I didn't believe it either. But R19 billion is what sick leave costs South African companies a year. This is equal to the amount medical aids paid to suppliers in 2010.

And did you know R57million of that is from employees taking 'sick days' off purely because they just didn't feel like coming in to work?

Stop your employees abusing sick leave today! Our experts will show you how…


#3: Who's entitled to sick leave?

Answer: Experts at the Labour & HR Club explain that during every sick leave cycle, an employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.

In other words, an employee who works Monday to Friday is entitled to 30 working days' sick leave over a period of 36 months of employment. Someone who works a six-day working week is entitled to 36 working days' paid sick leave during each sick leave cycle.

#4: What are the rules regarding sick pay?

Answer: The experts at the Labour & HR Club say you don't have to pay an employee sick leave if the employee has been absent from work for more than two consecutive days; or on more than two separate occasions during an eight-week period.

You also don't have to pay if you request a medical certificate and the employee can't produce one stating he was unable to work for the period of absence.

There you have it. We hope these answers have shed some light regarding sick leave and that they'll help you put an end to the rampant abuse.

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