The Government has introduced a proposed law which will increase paid sick leave for all employees to 10 days per year.

Currently, employees are entitled to a minimum of 5 days’ paid sick leave per year. Employees become entitled to the minimum amount of sick leave once they have worked for the same employer for six months.

After the proposed changes come into force, an employee would first become entitled to 10 days’ sick leave on their next entitlement date (i.e. once they meet the six month qualifying threshold, or the next 12 month anniversary of when they became entitled to sick leave).

The maximum entitlement to accumulate sick leave will remain at 20 days.

The proposed law change will be going through the normal Parliamentary process, and will be referred to a Select Committee, where people can make submissions on the proposed changes.  

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