Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes cold and flu season. This can be particularly detrimental to a small business, especially if multiple employees are sick at the same time.

Here are some things to keep in mind when employees take sick leave.
  • Review your sick leave policy to ensure that it is up to date with all relevant legislation and award requirements.
  • Ensure that all employees are aware of their leave entitlements and the steps they must take when they are off sick.
  • In most cases, for absences longer than one day, a medical certificate is required.

While it can be hard for a small business to function effectively with employees off sick, often it is better for ill employees to stay home until they are better. One sick employee can cause many more employees to fall ill, causing more to take time off work. This affects the time it takes for projects to be completed and may lead to lengthy delays.

Encourage all employees to go home if they are not feeling well. If your employees are sick but still feel well enough to work, allowing them to work from home is a great option. This prevents too many delays in the completion of work, and allows you to keep the rest of your workplace healthy as well.


For more information on sick leave contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or

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