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:
It must be kept in mind that sick leave does not accumulate. If an employee has not used up his sick leave at the end of the sick leave cycle it will be forfeited.
Here are the important points to remember regarding sick leave
During an employee’s first six months of employment, he is entitled to one day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.
After that, the employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days he would normally work during a period of six weeks during a 36 month cycle – also called ‘the sick leave cycle’.
An employer does not have to pay an employee for sick leave if he has been absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period and, on the employer’s request, does not produce a medical certificate.
Knowing what labour law says about sick leave will help ensure that employers are in line with the law.