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’.
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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