Our expert says:
RE: SICK LEAVE / PROBATION
Sick leave is an employee's right in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and no one can rule against it. The company only has a right to extend probation if it is done by agreement. A company cannot just dismiss because you are sick, but they can investigate the reasons for the illness and to see whether it is affecting the production and also to see if it is ongoing. They must follow the procedures as laid down in the schedule to the Labour Relations Act.
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