It's one of the most misunderstood aspects of employment. How many days of sick leave are you entitled to, and what constitutes being sick?
Before looking at frequently asked questions on sick leave, Health24 busts a few sick leave myths.
If you still have questions about sick leave, these users' queries might answer some of your questions:
I am pregnant and not sick, but I want to take the last week off. How do I do this?
Do I need to get a doctor's certificate for being sick only for one day?
This user complains about colleagues who stay at home for every little thing.
Can one use sick leave days for doctor's appointments?
Does one need a need a sick certificate for Monday or Friday?
This reader's husband has never taken sick leave. Will he be paid out for it when he leaves the job?
An employer complains about a new employee taking too much sick leave.
I have to have a back operation. How much sick leave can I take?
My boss won't let me go to the doctor when I am sick.
Can I deduct days from an employee's annual leave if I suspect they aren't really sick?
If someone is beaten up in a pub brawl, does he qualify for sick leave?
If am injured on duty do I have to take normal sick leave?
My boss doesn't want to pay for the time I was sick. What now?
Can I take sick leave for cosmetic surgery?
(Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated October 2012)