Leave if you’re injured
Sick leave arrangements depend on whether you were injured at work or somewhere else.
COVID-19: Employment NZ has guidance on work-related issues.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the workplace
If you were injured at work
You do not need to take sick leave.
Your employer has to pay you at least 80% of your normal wages for the first week you’re off work.
If you were injured somewhere other than work
You can take sick leave for the first week you’re off work.
Employees affected by domestic violence (including physical, sexual or psychological abuse) can apply for paid domestic violence leave and short-term flexible working arrangements.
Proving you’re injured
Your employer can ask you for a doctor’s certificate to prove you’re injured:
- after you’ve been away for 3 consecutive days
- before you’ve been away for 3 consecutive days if they pay the cost of getting the certificate.
You can choose which doctor you’d like to see.
If you cannot provide a doctor’s certificate or other proof that you’re really injured, your employer does not have to pay you for your sick leave.
After the first week
ACC will pay you 80% of your normal wages while you cannot work.
Your employer cannot make you take the time off as sick leave, but you can ask them to pay you for 1 day’s sick leave each week, if you have any. This makes up the difference between your normal wages and the 80% allowance.