The following circumstances fall under family responsibility leave (FRL)
You must grant a male or female employee paid leave (Section 27 (2) of the BCEA):
1. When his child is born
A male employee doesn't receive 'paternity leave', but is entitled to take FRL for the birth of his child
2. When his child is sick. Keep in mind the BCEA doesn't state the age of a child. If your employee's child is over 21 and she falls sick, you must still grant your employee FRL.
3. In the event of the death of his
spouse or life partner
parent or adoptive parent
child or adopted child
Remember, you can ask your employee for proof to justify his request for FRL. This proof could include:
A birth certificate when the employee's child is born;
A medical certificate if his child is sick; and/or
A death certificate, a letter from the tribal authority or a certificate from the religious leader officiating at the funeral if the employee claims FRL for a death in the family.
Some employees will abuse FRL. If your employee claims his child is sick frequently, but this always occurs before and after weekends and public holidays and after pay-day, ask for a medical certificate each time. Deduct this time from annual or unpaid leave if he's abusing his FRL, and discipline him if he continues to do so.
To find out which employees qualify for FRL, when your employees can't use FRL, or tips on how to manage FRL, turn to chapter L07: 10 Things you need to know about family responsibility leave in your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management loose leaf. Click here if you dont have a copy yet.
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