Here's what to do when Sipho calls in sick
SME Toolkit South Africa says you can ask your employee to produce a valid medical certificate if he's been absent from work for more than two days in a row or more than twice in eight weeks. You also have the right to do this if he's sick on a Monday or a Friday to ensure he's not just taking a long weekend.
If your employee fails to produce a valid medical certificate, you don't have to fork out sick pay.
You may have noticed that we used the word 'valid' when talking about a medical certificate (doctor's letter).
We've done this because you can't just accept any medical certificate your employee produces. It has to meet certain requirements…
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?
When Sipho returns to work after taking sick leave, make sure his medical certificate contains the following:
In this article, we explained that a medical certificate must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person certified to diagnose and treat patients. This person must be registered with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament.
We also highlighted that the medical certificate must contain:
There you have it. Knowing what to do when an employee calls in sick will help ensure you're in line with the BCEA.