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Posted by: Nevada | 2007/08/02

Sick Leave - new employee

New employee - has been with me 3 months and has already been sick [3days] taken 2 days leave and now went to her doctor and got booked off for another 3 days some minor matter [sinusitis] - not too sick to smoke or sit with other employees and chat - how do I deal with this????

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An employee accrues sick leave on a daily basis on the basis of 1 hour for every 17 hours worked. If the employee is sick over and above that then they would take unpaid sick leave. If you believe the sick leave is creating a real problem at work then you have to deal with it in terms of Schedule 8 of the Labour Relations Act, i.e.: you have to ascertain from your own medical practitioners after the employee has consented to an appointment, as to whether this is an on-going problem.

We do not believe that any employee should be allowed to smoke anywhere on the premises.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/08/15

This is always a problem but during the first 6 months and employee is generally only entitled to 1 days sick leave for every 26 worked for the first 6 months (See basic work conditions) So simply stop paying them. After they have been with you for more than 6 months they will be entitled to 30 days within a 36 month cycle.

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Posted by: Jacques | 2013/05/15

"We do not believe that any employee should be allowed to smoke anywhere on the premises." That viewpoint sounds rather shallow and inconsiderate. If an employee is having his/her break time at work - smoking in a ventilated (or outside) smoking-area, there would be no reason to keep him/her from practicing anything he/she wants to do, as long as these do not interfere with his/her work performance and duties.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/05/07

Do you have to notify your employer that you will be sick that day? If so, how does the employer need to be notified? Can an employer refuse sick leave?

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