On 24 July 2021 the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Act 2020 will come into force. From that date, an employee’s entitlement to sick leave increases from 5 days to 10 days for each 12-month period. There is no change to the maximum days of entitlement which remains at 20 days.
Who gets sick leave?
This has not changed. An employee is entitled to sick leave:
- After they have completed 6 months’ current continuous employment; or
- If they have, over a period of 6 months, worked for at least an average of 10 hours a week during that period; and no less than 1 hour in every week during that period or no less than 40 hours in every month during that period.
When may an employee take sick leave?
This has also not changed. An employee may take sick leave if:
- They are sick or injured; or
- Their spouse or partner is sick or injured; or
- A person who depends on them for care is sick or injured.
What about existing employees?
From 24 July 2021, when an existing employee next becomes entitled to sick leave, their entitlement will be 10 days and they may carry over up to 10 days’ sick leave to a total 20 days.
What potential impacts should I think about?
- The additional financial cost of employees taking more paid time off work.
- Options to cover an employee’s role if they are off work for an extended period.
How can FixHR help?
Prevention is better than cure! We can support you to recruit effectively and grow a great culture and when employees are sick, we can help with compliant and best practice processes to manage that sickness. For example, sickness notification, when you ask for proof of sickness, tracking patterns of sick leave, managing medical incapacity, or how to manage a return to work.