HOW DOES IT WORK? 

As stated by the Department of Labour, ‘workers may take the number of days they would normally work in a 6-week period for sick leave on full pay in a 3 year period’. Employers can also insist on proof of illness (doctors’ note and so on) before paying a worker for sick leave. 

APPLICATION: 

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies to all employees and workers, but; 

  • Members of the National Defence Force, 
  • National Intelligence Agency, 
  • South African Secret Service, or 
  • Unpaid volunteers working for a charity. 

See, Basic Conditions of Employment Act 

APPLICATION FOR SICK LEAVE: 

The provisions for sick leave do not apply to; 

  • Workers who work less than 24 hours in a month, 
  • Workers who receive compensation for an occupational injury or disease, 
  • Leave over and above that provided for by the Act. 

NUMBER OF SICK DAYS: 

As stated by the Department of Labour, ‘workers may take the number of days they would normally work in a 6-week period for sick leave on full pay in a 3 year period’. 

However, during the first 6 months of employment, workers are only entitled to one day of paid sick leave for every 26 days worked. 

PROOF OF ILLNESS: 

An employer may require a medical certificate before paying workers who are absent for more than 2 consecutive days, or who are absent often (more than twice in an 8-week period). 

That is your basic guide to sick leave in South Africa. Be sure to read our article on Annual Leave, and how it works. 

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