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The Lowdown:

More Sick Leave

Sickness has become a fairly big concern since we entered a monumental global health crisis. So it’s not too surprising that our national sick leave rules are about to change in a way that affects pretty much every employer in NZ.

If you’re a PaySauce customer, rest easy - we’ll take care of updating our system in line with the new rules. However, it’s still a good idea to stay informed about what’s changing.

Okay then, what’s changing?

In a nutshell, from 24 July 2021, your team’s 5 annual sick days will increase to 10.

The 5 extra days will kick in when an employee reaches their next entitlement date - so either after their 6 month anniversary, or on their next sick leave anniversary (every 12 months from the first 6 months).

So let’s say you have two staff. One of them, Ginger, is pretty new - she just started a few months ago. She’ll qualify for sick leave in another few months, which is well after July 24th, so on that date she’ll get the new 10 day entitlement. The other, Fred, has been around for a few years, and he just had his usual annual month sick leave anniversary a few weeks ago. He won’t move onto the 10 day allowance until his next anniversary - which won’t be till this time next year.

The maximum amount of unused sick leave that anybody can build up stays at 20 days.

What do I need to do?


And that’s the lowdown!


Check out our general guide to sick leave

Some more ideas to keep your team healthy


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Posted on 12 July 2021

Laura Marwick
Head of Marketing

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