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Do you have to pay your employee additional time off once he's exhausted his sick leave?

by , 03 November 2016
Do you have to pay your employee additional time off once he's exhausted his sick leave?We get this question a lot from our readers.

If you're a manager and your employee uses all his sick leave, do you have to pay him for extra sick leave?

The answer is quite simple - No, you don't have to pay him for any additional time off once he's used all his statutory sick leave.

But this is what the BCEA says you can do in this situation...

Keep reading below.

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You don't have to pay him for any additional time off once he's exhausted all his statutory sick leave!

If your employee needs more time off due to illness, you could give him unpaid leave and claim ill health benefits from UIF. If he needs the additional sick leave because of serious ill health or injury, then you'll have to begin the incapacity process.

But, you must follow the incapacity process for ill health or injury, as provided for in the Labour Relations Act, before you take any steps to dismiss him.

There are also three other instances when you don't have to pay sick leave. Keep reading…
 

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Other instances when you don't have to pay sick leave

You don't have to pay your employee sick leave if he doesn't produce a medical certificate in the following circumstances:

  • If he's been absent for more than two consecutive days; or
  • On more than two separate occasions during an eight- week period.

There you have it, make sure you don't ever pay more than you have to for sick leave.

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