10 day sick leave entitlement for employees is now in effect

Published: 24 July 2021

The legislation doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days comes into effect today.

Under the Holidays Act 2003, employees are entitled to sick leave once they have worked with the same employer for 6 months. Sick leave can be used when an employee is unwell or injured, or when someone who depends on them for care for is unwell or injured.

An employee will become entitled to 10 days’ sick leave on their next entitlement date. This means that new employees will receive 10 days’ entitlement as soon as they become entitled to sick leave (i.e. after they have completed six months’ service). Employees who already have a sick leave entitlement when the legislation comes into force will become entitled to 10 days’ sick leave on their next entitlement date. That is, on the 12 month anniversary of when they last became entitled to sick leave.

The Government has also begun work to implement the recommendations of the Holidays Act Taskforce, which includes giving employees access to sick leave from day one of employment, as opposed to only being eligible after six months. The Government expects to introduce this legislation in 2022.

Increasing the minimum sick leave entitlement

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