Following the Holidays (Increasing Sick Leave) Amendment Bill passing into law on May 25th 2021, many employers are wondering what they'll need to do to ensure their employees receive the correct Sick Leave entitlements from July 24th 2021 when the changes come into effect.
Currently, employees are entitled to a minimum of 5 sick days every 12 months, starting from the 6 month anniversary of their employment start date. 20 days is the maximum an employee can accumulate, although employers can agree to a higher maximum.
From July 24th 2021, the annual entitlement will be increasing from 5 days to 10 days. The 20 day maximum remains unchanged.
What do I need to do?
If you're using PayHero, you won't need to do anything.
On July 24th 2021 we'll automatically increase the Annual Entitlement for all eligible employees* to 10 days.
Administrators will be notified of this update in-app at the time.
If you wish to apply this sooner, you can navigate to your employees' Leave tabs and increase the Annual Entitlement field to suit.
*Employees who currently have an Annual Entitlement of fewer than 5 days or greater than 10 days will be excluded from this update, to ensure employees with non-standard entitlements are unaffected. These employees should be carefully reviewed manually to ensure their Sick Leave entitlements are compliant.