According to the BCEA, you MUST grant family responsibility leave in these two instances

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 06 Nov. 2014

Tags: leave, bcea, family responsibility leave, when to grant family responsibility leave

The end of the year is fast approaching.

During this time, you’re bound to get all sorts of stories from employees who want to get family responsibility leave.

If you don’t know of what the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) says, you could get duped.

Don’t take chances.

Keep reading to discover the two instances when you must grant family responsibility leave.

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You must grant family responsibility leave in these two instances, says the BCEA

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service explains that in terms of the BCEA, you must grant family responsibility leave under the following two circumstances:
#1: The birth or illness of a child.
#2: The death of your employee’s spouse, life partner, parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adopted child, grandchild or sibling.
When it comes to family responsibility leave, you have a right to insist on reasonable proof of an event before you grant leave. For example, if your employee asks for time off to take her child to the doctor, you can ask for reasonable proof of the child’s illness.
In terms of the BCEA, you must give three days paid family responsibility leave in each annual leave cycle to employees who qualify for it.

Bear in mind that only certain employees qualify for family responsibility leave

Your employee must have worked for you for more than four months and must work for at least four days per week.
In addition, your employee is entitled to the same wage for a day’s family responsibility leave you would’ve paid him if he’d worked that day.
Now that you know the two instances when you must grant family responsibility leave, comply with the BCEA.
PS: For more information on this type of leave, check out Your Guide to Family Responsibility Leave.

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