5 Days Unpaid Leave for Medical Care Purposes

From July 2023 employees have an entitlement to up to 5 days unpaid leave in a 12-month rolling period for the purpose of providing care to a relevant person such as a spouse or dependants.

Employees intending to take leave for medical care purposes must notify their employer in writing including the date the leave is intended to commence, their expected return date and the purpose for taking the leave as soon as reasonably practical.

Employers may request relevant proof such as a doctor’s note.

It is unpaid leave.

It is different to force majeure leave which is for an urgent family crisis and is paid for by the employer.

The leave is up to 5 days leave for medical care in any 12 consecutive months.

The leave can be taken as single or multiple days.