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Basic Guide to Sick Leave (Domestic Workers)

by Zopedol — last modified 2007-12-05 11:49
Workers may take up to 6 weeks of sick leave on full pay in a 3-year period.  Employers may insist on proof of illness before paying a worker for sick leave.


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.


Number of Leave Days

An employee is entitled to 6 weeks’ paid sick leave in a period of 36 months.
However, during the first 6 months of employment, workers are only entitled to 1 day’s paid sick leave for every 26 days worked.

Proof of Illness

A medical certificate may be provided by a:
  • medical practitioner
  • clinic nurse
  • traditional healer
  • community health worker
  • psychologist
An employer may require a medical certificate before paying workers who are absent for more than 2 consecutive days or who are often absent (more than twice in an 8-week period).
Fees that are paid for medical treatment by an employer may be deducted from the workers’ pay.

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