SICK LEAVE PAY ON A PUBLIC HOLIDAY THAT THE EMPLOYEE OUGHT TO HAVE WORKED
SICK LEAVE PAY
Often employees are asked to work on public holidays, whether it be by specific arrangement or by virtue of a rotating shift system. Section 18 (1) of the BCEA makes specific provision for such arrangements if the employee consents to working on the public holiday.
It may happen that after an agreement to work on a public holiday has been concluded, the employee falls ill or is injured and is no longer able to work as agreed. For all intents and purposes the agreement to work on the public holiday renders that day an ordinary working day.
Sick leave entitlement is explained is this easy guide from Pay Solutions to understanding how sick leave is calculated?
What does Sick Leave Entitlement mean?
Sick leave entitlement is based on the number of days an employee normally works during a six week period, in every three-year cycle which is calculated from the first day of employment. If an employee works a five-day week, then six weeks would equate to 30 days, and the employee would therefore be entitled to 30 days sick leave on full pay in every three-year cycle.
Sick Leave Basic Conditions – Do you know your rights regarding sick leave basic conditions as an Employer and an Employee? What does the Employment Act say:
Sick leave basic conditions
Sick leave.—(1) In this Chapter, “sick leave cycle” means the period of 36 months’ employment with the same employer immediately following—
(a) an employee’s commencement of employment; or
(b) the completion of that employee’s prior sick leave cycle.
(2) During every sick leave cycle, an employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.