Employers may say ‘no’
Option to say ‘no’ – Leave and time off
In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the employee is entitled to one day’s paid leave for every 17 days worked. Although the employee is entitled to take leave, the employee must still apply for leave and the employer may reject it based on operational requirements, such as for example that it is the busiest time of production.
When the employee request time off to deal with personal matters, such as visiting the clinic for a routine examination or to obtain medication, the employer can refuse. These visits can be scheduled in the employee’s private time, alternatively the employee must take annual leave. Note that paid sick leave only applies when an employee is unable to work due to a medical condition.
Option to say ‘no’ – Loans
Loans should preferably not be granted to employees. The employer is not a financial institution and when loans are granted to employees on a regular basis, this can create an expectation among employees, as well as set a precedent for future loans.
Option to say ‘no’ – Ex-gratia payments
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