Video: How hard is it to get away with pulling a sickie?

Head of Employment, Jennifer Mills, appeared on The AM Show on Monday 5 February to discuss the implication of pulling a 'sickie' on the eve of Waitangi Day.

Sick leave costs the New Zealand economy $1.26 billion every year, and 20% of all sick leave taken is expected to be ingenuine.

Under the Holidays Act an employer can request a medical certificate after day one. The employer must pay for the reasonable costs for the employee to get a medical certificate. If the employer has reason to believe the sick leave is suspicious, they can conduct a formal enquiry.

Click here to view the video clip (courtesy of The AM Show)


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