Are new employees entitled to paid personal (sick) leave
Yes. Employees are entitled to 76 hours paid sick leave in the first year of employment.
When can the leave be taken?
Sick leave accrues progressively in the first year. Employees receive about 6.3 hours paid sick leave each month. This means that at the end of the first 5 weeks you are entitled to one days paid sick leave, at the end of 10 weeks, about 2 days paid sick leave and so on.
You are not entitled to take 76 hours paid sick leave as soon as you start employment.
Do I need to provide a certificate or stat dec?
Two single days may be taken in each year without providing a medical certificate or statutory declaration.
Otherwise, you must provide a medical certificate or statutory declaration within 48 hours of the beginning of your leave.
You can only use a statutory declaration for single day leave. For leave that is longer than one day, you must provide a medical certificate.
When do I have to notify the company that I am not attending work?
For employees on the EBA you must notify Startrack as soon as is reasonably practicable. If there are exceptional circumstances you are allowed up to 24 hours from the beginning of your shift to notify Startrack.
Employees on individual contracts must notify as soon as is reasonably practicable.
Do I have to disclose my illness?
Only if it’s work related. Medical information is personal information. For non work related illness advising just that you have a ‘medical condition‘ will suffice.
Can I keep unused sick leave?
Yes, unused sick leave accrues year on year.