How much sick leave you get
Most people can get at least 5 days’ sick leave a year.
Check with Employment NZ for updates on COVID-19 and annual leave, and other work-related updates.
Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19
Working regular hours
After you’ve been in your job for 6 months, you’re legally entitled to at least 5 days’ sick leave a year. Your employer might offer more — check your employment agreement.
Before you’ve been in your job for 6 months
Your employer can agree to let you take sick leave in advance or leave without pay.
Casual work and fixed-term contracts
If you’re a casual employee, or have had fixed-term contracts with the same employer but the contracts weren’t one after the other, you’re entitled to sick leave after 6 months if you’ve worked at least:
- 10 hours per week on average, and
- no less than 1 hour every week or 40 hours every month.
Contracting or working for yourself
If you’re self-employed, you don’t earn any paid sick leave.