Clinic visits – paid sick leave?

A common misconception is that an employee is entitled to paid sick leave to attend a clinic visit to obtain medication.  An employee is only entitled to sick leave when he/she is unfit for work. This is usually as a result of a medical condition.

The specifics:

The employer is not expected to remunerate the employee when he/she requests time off to visit the clinic to obtain medication. This also complies in cases of routine visits to the clinic or doctor. When the employer does grant paid sick leave in these instances, it is solely at the employer’s discretion. It can be viewed as an additional benefit. The employer should however take care to act consistently in granting benefits towards all employees.

Employees must take note that the misuse of sick leave is a disciplinary offence. Also, the offence could lead to dismissal due to an irreparable breach in the trust relationship between the employer and the employee. In the event there is a breach in trust between the employer and the employee the employment relationship cannot continue.

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