Sick leave abuse

A word about sick leave and the various forms of abuse thereof…

Labour laws make provision for employees to take sick leave when they are indisposed and can’t work. It is a right, only as far as it offers protection against loss of income due to REAL illness.

Many employees, unfortunately, regard sick leave as an entitlement that has to be enjoyed to the full, like annual leave. They consistently take their 10 days every year, submitting proper sick notes that claim “URTI” or “Gastro” and the like…

Many employers, on the other hand, are so frustrated by this obvious widespread abuse that some even end up considering closing up shop, as the cost of unproductive labour escalates beyond affordability. Others reach boiling point and issue marching orders, which invariably end up at CCMA and a few months’ salary paid out to the dismissed employee.

If this is you or someone you know, speak to us.

It can easily feel like an insurmountable obstacle, but it need not be. There is sufficient case law to assist in clamping down on this very common practice. All it takes is a little bit of patience to do it the right way.

As always, let us help you with the headache. Because prevention is cheaper than cure!

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