JOHANNESBURG - A medical certificate may not be enough to convince your employer of illness.
Companies can request further information from your doctor if the sick note is for a Monday, Friday or a day after a public holiday.
"Employees get an entitlement of 30 days sick leave in every three-year cycle and sometimes employees abuse that. If you abuse it more than a couple of days in an 8-week cycle, then the company is entitled to say that you need to explain this sick leave", said Natasha Moni, an attorney.
Moni said that if a company suspects abuse they can summon a medical practitioner who will then be required to write an affidavit or even be called in for questioning.
"Do not abuse sick leave. A company can place you under disciplinary inquiry for submitting fraudulent medical certificates and they won't pay you", she added.
Moni also touched on the new parental leave that is currently being gazetted by the government.
"That is for a father who is not taking maternity leave and it is ten days. The perimeters around that are that you need to apply a month before the birth of your child and that the child should be registered under your name" Moni said.