Industrial advocates are warning workers not to take a ‘sickie’ on Friday, the day after ANZAC Day.
Those who do will effectively give themselves a four day weekend.
However, Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says an employer can ask for a doctor’s certificate even if you take just one day off.
If it turns out you are not really sick, he says that can be grounds for dismissal.
“Many workers have lost their job because they thought it would be a good idea to take that one extra day off to get a long weekend.
“Unless you’re sick, or are taking an authorised leave day – it’s not worth the risk.”
Full-time employees are entitled to 10 paid sick days a year, which can be used at any time you are sick, or need to care for a family member or someone you live with who is unwell.
If you work part-time, you are entitled to a pro rata amount based on the hours that you work.
It is important that you tell your boss as soon as possible that you are going to be taking the day off.
You should also indicate how long you think it will be until you will be able to return to work.
“SACKED ON SICK LEAVE – UNFAIR SAYS COMMISSION”
Factory worker awarded compensation after taking ANZAC Day sickie
The Fair Work Commission ordered a Tasmanian fish factory to pay a worker $8,000 compensation after it sacked her for taking a “sickie” the day after Anzac Day.
Avril Chapman worked at the Tassal factory in Tasmania for five years.
The company sacked her after she left a voicemail for her supervisor:
“Hi Michelle, it’s Avril, one of your most loved pains in the arse.
“Um it’s Anzac Day, my birthday, and I admit I have overindulged so I’m taking into account one of the golden rules, be fit for work and I’m not going to be fit for work so I won’t be there.
“But um love ya, catch ya on the flip side.”
The company accused Chapman of using safety as an excuse to justify her drinking.
It concluded this amounted to misconduct, and, as a result, sacked her.
However, the Commission found the termination “harsh”, despite the company having a valid reason for dismissal.
“FACTORY WORKER SACKED FOR TAKING ANZAC DAY ‘SICKIE'”
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