With the increasing number of COVID-19 infections, employers must deal with employees who test positive for the virus, those who come into contact with individuals who test positive, and those who present with COVID-19 related symptoms. It is therefore important for employers to understand when sick leave must be used.

The different sick leave options

On 29 April 2020, new Regulations were published in terms of the Disaster Management Act which replaced previous lockdown regulations and set out the restrictions that will be imposed during Alert Level 4. These Regulations permit more categories of business to resume operations, subject to the establishment of, and compliance with, strict health protocols and

Businesses allowed to resume operations under the COVID-19 Alert Level 4 must put in place measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus, to ensure the safety of employees. A COVID-19 compliance officer must also be appointed.

The updated Regulations to the Disaster Management Act, published on 29 April 2020, allows for more businesses

On 26 March 2020, the Minister of Employment and Labour issued a Directive that set out the requirements for the newly established COVID-16 TERS benefits (the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme). These benefits were provisioned to alleviate the economic impact of the national disaster by assisting employers to pay their employees during the closure of their