|Employees are spoilt this year as there is a small gap between public holidays during April. This means by taking three days of annual leave or ‘chucking three sickies’, employees can enjoy up to 10 days off work.
Employers should plan ahead for those who wish to take annual leave during this time.
But the biggest issue facing payroll is managing unexpected sick days during that period. Employees who do not have annual leave approved around this period, may face major temptations of calling into work sick.
If an employee does call in sick, can the employer request for evidence? The answer is YES! Employers can ask employees to provide evidence for as little as 1 day or less off work.
What type of evidence can you request?
· Medical certificates from are the most common acceptable forms of evidence.
Now that we know the law, here are our recommendations:
· As soon as possible, communicate to your employees what the normal working days are, and remind employees that we expect them to attend work on the normal working days.
If an employee does calls in sick, clearly communicate to the employee that you would like a medical certificate or evidence.