10 Days of Sick Leave: It’s Official

The Holidays (Increasing Sick leave) Amendment Bill has now been passed, officially increasing employees’ sick leave entitlement from 5 days per annum to 10 days per annum. Maximum accrual remains the same at 20 days.

Do the changes commence straight away?

No. Changes will come into force two months after royal assent.

Once the changes come into effect, do all employees receive 10 days’ sick leave entitlement immediately?

No. Current employees will become entitled to 10 days of sick leave upon their next sick leave entitlement date. New employees will become entitled to 10 days of sick leave after 6 months of continuous employment.

Some employers will just need to ensure their payroll system is updated to reflect these changes; others may also need to update their Employment Agreements.

If you have any questions with regards to the Bill, agreements please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Lane Neave Employment Law team.



Andrew Shaw
Partner, Lane Neave

t +64 3 353 8014
m +64 29 244 9001
e andrew.shaw@laneneave.co.nz

Fiona McMillan
Partner, Lane Neave

t +64 9 300 6264
m +64 27 351 2000
e fiona.mcmillan@laneneave.co.nz

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