Occ health: Sick leave certificate

SICK LEAVE CERTIFICATE

Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) entitles the employee to six weeks paid leave in a 36 month period. If an employee is absent for more than two consecutive days, then a sick leave certificate must be handed to the employer. The sick certificate can only be filled in by the medical practitioner, if the employee was seen by the medical practioner (e.g. the practice secretary may not issue the certificate)

The BCEA stiplates the format a sick certificate must be handed in. The practice number is not required. The person who issues the sick certificate must sign it. The maiden name must be used where applicable e.g. newly wed or divorced. Fraud makes an employee or practitioner open to criminal prosecution. “As I was informed” does not need to be accepted by the employer.

Health care profesionals currently authorised to issue sick leave certificates in accordance with their scope of practice and who are registred with a professional council established by an Act of Parliament include

Acupuncturists
Art therapists
Audiologists
Ayuveda practitioners
Biokineticists
Chiropractors
Dentists
Dental therapists
Dieticians
Dispensing opticians
Hearing aid acousticians
Homeopaths
Medical prosthesists
Medical practitioners
Naturopaths
Nutritionists
Occupational therapists
Optometrists
Oral hygienists
Osteopaths
Pharmacists
Physiotherapist
Phytotherapists
Podiatrists
Psychologists
Psychotechnicians
Radiographers
Registred nurses
Speech therapists
Therapeutic aroma therapists
Thereputic massage therapists
Therapeutic reflexologists