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Basic Guide to Family Responsibility Leave (Domestic Workers)

by Zopedol — last modified 2007-12-05 11:46
Workers may take up to 3 days of paid leave a year to attend to certain family responsibility.


Sectoral Determination 7 applies to all domestic workers  (including independent contractors and those employed by agencies), except domestic workers who -
  • work on farms; or

are covered by -

  • another sectoral determination, or
  • a bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.


Special rules governing the employment of domestic workers

Number of Leave Days

Full time workers may take 5 days of paid family responsibility leave during each annual leave cycle (12 month periods from date of employment).
Family responsibility leave expires at the end of the annual cycle.

Reasons for Leave

You may take family responsibility leave -
  • when your child is born,
  • when your child is sick,

in the event of the death of your –

  • spouse or life partner
  • parent or adoptive parent
  • grandparent
  • child or adopted child
  • grandchild
  • sibling.


Employers may require reasonable proof of the birth, illness or death for which a worker requests leave.

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