Leave if you’re injured
Sick leave arrangements depend on whether you were injured at work or somewhere else.
Check with Employment NZ for updates on COVID-19 and annual leave, and other work-related updates.
Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19
If you were injured at work
You don’t 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.
Update: Domestic violence leave
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 can’t provide a doctor’s certificate or other proof that you’re really injured, your employer doesn’t have to pay you for your sick leave.
After the first week
ACC will pay you 80% of your normal wages while you can’t work.
Your employer can’t 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.