Question: If an employee falls ill during annual leave, must the employee get paid sick leave? Or must the employee’s annual leave entitlement be extended?
Answer: No, the employee does not get any additional pay, nor does the employee get extra leave days for the days on which he or she was ill.
Brief explanation: Sec. 22(5)(a) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act provides that an employer must pay an employee for a day’s sick leave the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day. As the employee is on leave he or she would not work on that day. The employee is therefore not entitled to sick leave.
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