Personal Leave


It can be difficult to know how to effectively record when an employee has taken personal leave. Short absences from the workplace may not require a medical certificate, and when they do, there are a few different options that an employee can present. Here are some tips to make sure you handle personal leave correctly:
  • Provide your employees with a copy of the National Employment Standards, which outlines personal leave.
  • Make sure their personal leave accrual is recorded accurately in their payslip, so all parties know how much leave has been taken and how much is available.
  • Have a clear personal leave policy and procedure available to all employees in your small business. This should outline what are acceptable uses for personal leave, how leave is accrued, and what types of evidence may be required should an employee use their personal leave.
  • Consider the different types of evidence an employee can use to prove their inability to work when taking personal leave. This can include:
    • Medical certificates
    • Certificates from other health professionals, such as pharmacists or physiotherapists

In some businesses, evidence may not be required for a one-day absence from work due to personal leave. However, this will depend on the organisation and when the absence from work occurs. Many organisations require medical certificates if personal leave is taken directly after annual leave or public holidays/long weekends. If your business requires this, make sure it is clearly stated in your leave policy and procedure to ensure all employees understand their obligations.

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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.