Sick Leave Entitlement

what are your employees entitled to?

Sick Leave


Sick leave becomes an entitlement after six months continuous service and the number of days can vary with the employment agreement, but the minimum statutory amount is 5 days per 12 months of continuous employment.
Following 6 months continuous service the employee becomes entitled to 5 days sick leave by law. These 5 days are intended to last the upcoming 12 months, upon which another 5 days are accrued and so on.

Sick leave comes under the Holidays Act and employment agreements must be worded carefully to meet the requirements of the Act.

Employees can request their annual holidays be used if they run out of sick leave. This is to ensure a continuity of income in those cases where the entitlement to Sick Leave is exhausted but more are required.

Unused Sick Leave does accumulate year on year up to a maximum of 20 days.

Given that employers lose production and the wages paid when employees are sick, some employers provide incentives for high attendance records.

There are many important rules that are covered in our eBook 'Annual Holidays and Leave'.

For more information on the Annual Holidays and Leave publication click here >>