Keep track for absenteeism with pay Solutions cloud-based Leave Management system

Would it surprise you to know that the average cost of employee absence from work result to an equivalent of 35% of your employee’s salaries? The net cost of absenteeism in terms of productivity is 19%, according to a study conducted by MERCER. Statistics South Africa estimates that the cost of absenteeism amounts to roughly 12 billion rand per year. In a market that is taking particular strain under the current economic conditions, high rates of absenteeism can cost your company financially as well as through lowered productivity, be it a small company, medium business or a large corporate organisation. While the cost of absenteeism and the corresponding loss of production can be quantified, the issue around how to manage leave and absenteeism within your company is less measureable. With the inevitable split between HR departments and systems and those of payroll, within many organisations, calculating the cost of leave management is an area which is particularly affected as a result.

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

Sick leave entitlement is explained is this easy guide from Pay Solutions to understanding how sick leave is calculated?

Sick Leave Entitlement

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

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 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.