In terms of the BCEA, your employee is entitled to compassionate leave.
How much compassionate leave is your employee allowed?
You're required to grant your employee three days of family responsibility leave per 12 month leave cycle.
The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says this is only applicable to employees who:
You must grant this leave in these circumstances:
Can you ask your employee for proof?
According to Simple Pay, you're allowed to ask for reasonable proof before paying compassionate leave. For example, you may ask for a death certificate.
The site adds that compassionate leave doesn't carry over to the next 12 month cycle. And employees may take part of a day off instead of the whole day.
Keep in mind that a collective agreement or contract of employment may vary the number of days and the circumstances under which you may grant responsibility leave to your employee.
Consequently, you may for example, agree that your employee is entitled to five days' family responsibility leave per annum.
Knowing when to grant compassionate leave will help ensure you comply with the BCEA and manage leave effectively.
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