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The ins and outs of sick leave: Here's all you need to know to make sure your sick leave policy is BCEA compliant

by , 22 April 2014
The larger your organisation gets, the more absenteeism becomes a problem. Your employees may be taking sick leave for even a slight cold. Now they can still work when they have a cold, but you can't deny them paid sick leave. Here's what you need to know about giving your employees paid sick leave and managing absenteeism in the workplace.

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How much sick leave are employees entitled to?
 
The Department of Labour says that employers have to give sick leave entitlements to all employees. And they get the same amount of pay that they would normally get for that day. 
 
The only time you can deny paid sick leave is if they work less than 24 hours a week. 
 
Sick leave accrual is the number of days that your employee would work in a six week. This is worked out over a three year period, so it works out to 30 days over three years.
 
An employee can take all of their sick leave at once or use as much as they need. 
 
Now it seems like an easy system for employees to take advantage of and some of them do. But there are ways that you can manage this absenteeism and stop sick leave abuse…
 
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How to manage absenteeism in the work place and sick leave abuse
 
The Practical Guide to Human Resources for Managers says that you should use these four steps to manage absenteeism:
 
1. Keep a proper record of absences from work
2. Do audits at least once a year
3. Do return to work interviews
4. Take early action against an employee who breaks your rules
 
You can also insist on a doctor's letter if the employee is sick for more than one day. This stops employees from taking advantage of the system and saying that they're 'sick'. 
 

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