What do I do? – Taking stress leave

Q: How much time can an employee take on stress leave? Do we pay this leave at  normal rates? I have an employee who has told me he is off for the rest of the day and needs a  week’s stress leave. What documentation does he have to produce?


A: Technically speaking, there is no such thing as ‘stress leave’.

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If your employee is unable to fulfill their duties due to stress, they may use their accrued personal leave, paid at their normal rate of pay. And yes you may demand that the employee duces a medical certificate as evidence.
 
Alternatively, the employee may make a workers’ compensation claim for a stress-related injury. And if accepted, you’d have to make payments to them while they are unable to return to work.

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What do I do? – Taking stress leave

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Jackie Strachan

Jackie Strachan

Jackie’s passion for creating better Human Resources outcomes stems from over 20 years’ experience in the field and a drive for finding innovative solutions.
Her HR career has seen her hold both operational and strategic HR management roles across a vast array of industry sectors including retail, financial services, child protection, professional services, dental, state emergency services, Department of Justice, agency recruitment and IT.
Combining her experience in each specialised area of Human Resources (such as learning & development, recruitment, WHS and employee relations etc), Jackie leads HR Tactics with an industry-respected foundation of knowledge.