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  • Can your employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated?
  • One of the common questions regarding sick leave is: Can an employee take all his sick leave or must it be pro-rated? Read on to find out what labour law says about this. The answer to this leave question is as follows: 'Your employee is allowed to take his full sick leave allowance at the beginning of the sick leave cycle – that is, it's not pro-rated over a period of time,' says the Lab... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]
  • Does your annual leave policy contain this ONE glaring gap?
  • Most annual leave policies are largely made up of legal annual leave entitlements. But their structure of can change from business to business. Because of this, most annual leave policies neglect to include ONE very important part. Read on to make sure your annual leave policy doesn't have a big hole in it. *********************************** All your annual leave questions answered!   ... ››› more
  • [05 January 2017]
  • Your employee left work at 2pm with a migraine - how do you handle her sick leave?
  • Everyone has at least one employee who drags herself to work - no matter how horrid she feels. And what inevitably happens? Come 2pm she's feeling so bad, she has no other choice but to take some sick leave and go home. But how do you go about allocating this sick leave in your employee attendance record? Do you mark it as a half day because she left at 2pm? Or does the unwritten rule t... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • Three answers to the most common questions about annual leave to keep you out of the CCMA!
  • As a manager or business owner, I know you've been dealing with employee's leave issues for a long time. And you probably know everything there is to know about leave. Right? Well, if I look at the questions I get every day, it seems a lot of employers still don't deal with leave correctly. And because of this, they end up at the CCMA. So I want you to keep reading below to see three comm... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • What must you look for on a medical certificate?
  • So Jim has just brought you a sick note that looks very strange to you. How do you tell if he really got this medical certificate from a medical practitioner? Make sure the medical certificate states that the employee was incapacitated and for how long he'd be absent from work. It doesn't have to state the nature of his illness. Don't simply rely on a medical certificate handed to you by yo... ››› more
  • [05 August 2016]
  • 10 Sick leave rules you must never break
  • Michael's 'sick' again... For the 4th time this month. Nosipho has a doctor's appointment at 10am - is this sick leave? I know you always have employees off sick. And it affects your bottom line when they're not at work. You need to make sure you know exactly what your employees are entitled to so they can't abuse their sick leave. But first... How many days do you have to give your employe... ››› more
  • [18 February 2016]
  • Do you want to combat sick leave abuse? Then include this in your sick leave policy
  • Paid sick leave is in place for employees who are genuinely too ill or injured to work for short periods of time. But there could very well be those employees who abuse the system. Sick leave abuse can cost you a lot because you'll end up paying the employee for work that he's not doing on the day. On top of that, there are times you'll have to pay for a temporary worker to fill his gap until ... ››› more
  • [29 September 2015]
  • Sangoma sick notes - Are they proof of sick leave?
  • I often get questions about whether or not you should accept a certificate from a sangoma, or traditional healer, as valid proof to give an employee sick leave. And for a while, you only had to accept it if you were in Kwa-Zulu Natal. But now things have changed! And employers want to know... Do we have to accept certificates from traditional healers?    Keep reading to find out..... ››› more
  • [18 August 2015]
  • This is what you must do if a psychologist books your employee off
  • Your employee Caroline advised you yesterday that her psychologist wants to book her off on sick leave for a few days (in conjunction with her doctor). Do you have to agree to this? How do you determine if this is a genuinely medical issue? Read on to find out. Ensure the psychologist is a registered medical practitioner  Firstly, if Caroline submits a medical certificate issue by a reg... ››› more
  • [27 July 2015]
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