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Sick leave

Five paid days of sick leave per year is available to employees so they can care for themselves or their dependants.

Sanwdich: Hey, we’re entitled to five days sick leave once we’ve been working here for six months, right?

Lamington: Yeah.

Sandwich: Good. Because I’m getting a coleslaw. Look...

Lamington: Eeeew! Just go home.

Coffee cup: Get more info about sick leave here on Employment.govt.nz

Sick leave is paid time off work if an employee, their spouse, partner, dependent child, or other person who depends on them is sick or injured.

Sick leave entitlements

Most employees are entitled to five days’ sick leave a year depending on how long they’ve worked for the same employer.

Medical examination

In some situations, employees may be required to have a medical examination or be suspended from the workplace.

Sick leave and ACC payments

What an employee is entitled to if they have an accident or injury that is covered by ACC.

Page last revised: 8 May 2018

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