Your question relates to section 27 of the Basic conditions of employment act
Family responsibility leave
27. ( 1 ) This section applies to an employee-
(a) who has been in employment with an employer for longer than four months;
(b) who works for at least four days a week for that employer.
(2) An employer must grant an employee, during each annual leave cycle. at the
request of the employee. three days' paid leave. which the employee is entitled to take-
(a) when the employee's child is born;
(b) when the employee's child is sick; or
(c) in the event of the death of-
(i) the employee's spouse or life partner; or
(ii) the employee's parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child, adopted
child, grandchild or sibling.
(3) Subject to subsection (5), an employer must pay an employee for a day's family
(a) the wage the employee would ordinarily have received for work on that day;
(b) on the employee's usual pay day.
(4) An employee may take family responsibility leave in respect of the whole or a part
of a day.
(5) Before paying an employee for leave in terms of this section, an employer may
require reasonable proof of an event contemplated in subsection ( 1 ) for which the leave
(6) An employee's unused entitlement to leave in terms of this section lapses at the
end of the annual leave cycle in which it accrues.
(7) A collective agreement may vary the number of days and the circumstances under
which leave is to be granted in terms of this section
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