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Sick leave

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

Leave and holiday entitlements during COVID-19

Minimum sick leave entitlements increased from 5 to 10 days per year from 24 July 2021. Employees get the extra five days per year when they reach their next entitlement date. The entitlement date will be either after reaching 6 months’ employment or on their sick leave entitlement anniversary (12 months after they were last entitled to sick leave).

Sick leave increasing to 10 days

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.

If you have a workplace issue, you may want to use the Early Resolution Service to resolve it early, quickly and informally.

Early Resolution Service

Sick leave entitlements

Most employees are entitled to 10 days’ sick leave a year. It depends on how long they have worked for the same employer, and their entitlement date.

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: 24 July 2021

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