Sick leave and covid-19
Employers have been navigating uncharted waters since the national lockdown was implemented end of March 2020. So many challenges arise: sick leave, health and safety, retrenchment, short time, UIF, payment of salaries, uncertainty and discipline in the workplace, etc. The lockdown was implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in order to allow time to prepare South Africa’s health system’s capacity so as to be able to accommodate COVID-19 cases.
Paid sick leave
- If the employee tests positive for COVID-19, the number of days’ paid sick leave will differ from employee to employee depending on the rate of recovery. An employee may only be allowed to return to the workplace once the employee has undergone a medical evaluation confirming that the employee tests negative for COVID-19 and is fit to work.
- If the employee tests negative for COVID-9, the employee must return to work immediately. The absenteeism whilst awaiting the test result will still be dealt with as paid sick leave.
Paid sick leave is exhausted
COIDA and sick leave
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