Four key things you need to know.
- From 24 July 2021, minimum sick leave entitlements increased from 5 to 10 days.
- The changes will roll out gradually, with employees gaining the extra five days when they reach their next entitlement day. This will either be after 6 months of employment or on their sick leave anniversary (12 months after they were last entitled to sick leave).
- If your business already gives your employees 10 or more sick days per year, we recommend checking your sick leave policies and employee agreements to see if any changes need to be made. It’s always a good idea to seek some advice if you’re not sure about anything, we would suggest contacting MBIE in the first instance.
- The maximum amount of unused sick leave that an employee is entitled to remains at 20 days in any year, under the Act.