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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 14 : Hospitality Sector, South Africa

Part E : Leave

20. Sick leave


(1) For the purpose of this clause "sick leave cycle" means the period of 36 months employment with the same employer immediately following—
(a) when the employee commenced work; or
(b) the end of the employee's prior sick leave cycle.


(2) During every sick leave cycle, the employee is entitled to an amount of paid sick leave equal to the number of days the employee would normally work during a period of six weeks.


(3) Despite sub-clause (2), during the first six months of work, the employee is entitled to one day's sick leave for every 26 days worked.


(4) An employer may, during the employee's first leave cycle, reduce the employee's entitlement to sick leave in terms of sub-clause (2) by the number of days' sick leave taken in terms of sub-clause (3).


(5) Where an employer, at the request of the employee, pays fees for an employee's hospital or medical treatment, the fees paid may be set off against the employee's pay.


(6) An employer is not required to pay the employee in terms of this clause if the employee has been absent from work for more than two consecutive days or on more than two occasions during an eight-week period and, on request by the employer, does not produce a medical certificate stating that the employee was unable to work for the duration of the employee's absence on account of sickness or injury.


(7) The medical certificate in terms of sub-clause (6) must be issued and signed by a medical practitioner or any other person who is certified to diagnose and treat patients and who is registered with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament.


(8) If it is not reasonably practicable for an employee who lives on the employer's premises to obtain a medical certificate, the employer may not withhold payment in terms of sub-clause (6) unless the employer provides reasonable assistance to the employee to obtain the certificate.