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Can my employees apply for sick leave during their no-pay leave that’s part of the cost-saving measures?

No. Employees can’t apply for paid sick leave if they fall sick during no-pay leave or any other non-working day, e.g. public holiday or annual leave.

Company implements 1 day no-pay leave per week.

Employee agrees to take no-pay leave on all Mondays.

If the employee is unfit to work for both Monday and Tuesday, he or she is only entitled to 1 day of paid sick leave, i.e. for Tuesday.

As your employee agreed to cost-saving measures to support your company, as an employer, you are encouraged to exercise compassion and reimburse any medical consultation fees.