Managing sick or carer's leave
Full-time and part-time employees can take paid sick or carer’s leave. Sick and carer's leave (also known as personal leave) allows an employee take time off to help them deal with:
- personal illness or injury
- caring responsibilities
- family emergencies
It’s important to know:
- Full-time and part-time employees get 10 days each year of paid sick or carer’s leave.
- Casual employees or contractors do not get any paid sick or carer’s leave, but can access unpaid carer’s leave.
- As an employer, you can ask an employee to give evidence to confirm why they have been away from work at any time. However, you might have a specific policy about when it is required. An employee’s medical certificate doesn't have to give exact details about the injury or illness.
- An employee can take an extended period of unpaid sick leave. The Fair Work Ombudsman has more information on long periods of sick leave and unpaid carer's leave.