What you get paid while you’re on sick leave
Most people are paid their normal wages when they take sick leave.
Check with Employment NZ for updates on COVID-19 and annual leave, and other work-related updates.
Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19
You only get paid if you’d usually work that day
If it’s not clear, you need to talk to your employer and agree together if it’s a day you’d usually work. The Employment New Zealand website explains what you and your employer must consider.
If you work regular hours
When you take sick leave you’re paid your normal wages — known as relevant daily pay.
If you don’t work regular hours
In some situations, you’re paid your average daily pay — there are rules around when this can happen.
If you’re sick on a public holiday and it’s a day you were supposed to work:
- you’ll be paid for a normal day’s work
- you won’t be paid time and a half
- you won’t get a day in lieu (alternative holiday)
- a day of sick leave won’t be deducted from your entitlement.