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Home sick from work? Here's what you need to know

Whether it's as a result of a dodgy meal, a common cold, or a long-term illness, we all have to take sick leave from time to time. The trick is knowing what information you need to provide to your employer and what your rights are.  

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1. If you're sick and unable to work, you need to let your boss know as soon as possible. You must also tell your boss how long you expect you will be off work.  

2. Your boss may request evidence substantiating the reason for your leave. If this happens, you must provide evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person, like a medical certificate or statutory declaration. You should check your Collective Agreement for any more specific requirements regarding medical certificates or other evidence.

3. If you're off work sick - and you're not a casual worker - you are entitled to payment at your base rate of pay for the hours you would have ordinarily worked. You should check your Collective Agreement for specifics on the terms and rates of payment.

4. You're entitled to see a doctor or other medical professional of your choosing, as opposed to a company doctor or medical professional.

Rest up, and get well soon! 

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