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Do you have to pay Johnny when he asks for leave to go to his granny's funeral?

by , 02 April 2014
They say nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. And, when it comes to death, you can bet you'll soon have an employee asking you for leave to go for a funeral. If you're wondering whether or not you have to pay Johnny when he asks you for leave to go to his granny's funeral, read on for the answer ...

Are employers required to pay an employee who takes leave to go to a family funeral?

The short answer to this question is 'yes' but only if it applies to someone very close to them.

SME Toolkit South Africa says if the employee has worked for you for longer than four months and works for at least four days a week, he or she may take three days paid family responsibility leave during each year of employment.

Family responsibility leave applies:
 

  • When an employee's child is born
  • When an employee's child is sick
  • In the event of the death of an employee's spouse, life partner, parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, sibling, child or adopted child.


Important: While your employee is entitled to at least three days' family responsibility leave per leave cycle, our experts at FSP Business say, you're allowed to grant your employees more than these three days. You can do this either at your discretion, or in terms of what you've provided for in your employment contract, policies or in a collective agreement that applies to your business.

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An ineffective leave policy could cripple your business

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 employees 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.

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Remember these points when you grant your employee leave to go to a family funeral

If you grant your employee family responsibility leave, in this case, time to go to a funeral for a member of his family (bereavement leave), you must pay your employee:

  • The wage he would ordinarily have received for work on that day; and
  • On his usual pay day.


There you have it. Knowing whether or not you should pay an employee who takes leave to go to a family funeral (bereavement leave) will help ensure you comply with labour law.

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