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Can You Use Your Annual Leave After Testing Positive For Covid-19?

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Could being forced to take time off from work due to Covid-19 lead to employees losing their annual leave? This is the question of employees who have had to isolate because of the virus.

Labour consultant Tony Healy says that in short, employees could be forced to use their annual leave if they become infected with Covid-19. This would apply to employees who have exhausted their annual sick leave.

He explains that this could present workers with an extremely challenging conundrum. This as many companies close at the end of year. This becomes a challenge as employees may not be paid for a period of time.

Healy explained, “It might be a factory that shuts down so if an employee dips into their annual leave for other reasons and one of them could be Covid related, then they have the dilemma of the employee having a period of time over the year and shut down where they're not being paid because they've used that annual leave”.

He says that he has not seen many cases where employees have been required to use their annual leave.

“Invariably these things get worked through and as i've said in the vast majority of cases, employers will allow, where they can, employees to dip into their annual leave to cover for covid related reasons such as recovering from vaccination side effects or even Covid related symptoms themselves

In the last 24 hours, 8 561 new infections of Covid-19 were reported in South Africa. An additional 24 people lost their lives due to Covid-19 related illnesses taking the total number of people who succumbed to the virus to 89 871.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) said, “The proportion of positive new cases or total new tests today is 16.5% which is higher than yesterday’s 10.7%. The seven-day average is 10.3% today, which is higher than yesterday’s 8.5%”.

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Ridhwaan Suliman revealed that case incidence is doubling every 3.5 days.

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