SETA Accreditation No. 6570

Absenteeism & Sick Leave Abuse

Workshop dates:

Johannesburg: For future dates email
Durban North: For future dates email
Cape Town: For future dates email

Course fee:

Single:  R3,500.00 (R3,990.00 incl. VAT)
Group booking of 3 delegates or more : R3,000.00 (R3,420.00 incl. VAT) per delegate – T&Cs apply.

In-House Training sessions: available on request – send an e-mail with specifications to

Who Should Attend?
  • Executive Directors of small to medium businesses
  • HR and IR professionals
  • HR Practitioners and Consultants
  • Line Managers and Supervisors
  • Executives and others responsible for labour law matters

Module 1: Absenteeism – the nature of the problem

  • Why people claim sickness
  • Absenteeism in the work place context
  • Defining illness
  • Illness behaviour according to the employee / employer
  • The doctor as the ‘gatekeeper’
  • The importance of work
  • Alienation of employees
  • Interventions to reduce absenteeism
  • Procedural, preventative and reintegration measures

Module 2: Legal aspects of work place absenteeism due to sickness

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Leave and absenteeism
  • Absence with and without permission
  • Some principles
  • Public holidays
  • Deserters and Termination of service of deserters
  • Sick leave provisions in the BCEA
  • The Labour Relations Act and LRA requirements
  • Previous test for incapacity
  • Code requirements
  • Labour Court: Key words
  • Temporary ill health
  • Procedure for temporary and permanent INCAPACITY
  • Other procedures for temporary or permanent incapacity
  • Sick leave abuse
  • What is a valid medical certificate? 

Module 3: Psychosocial factors in the work place and management of absenteeism

  • Importance of work and personal wholeness
  • The work relationship
  • Conflict potential
  • Interventions to reduce absenteeism
  • Procedural, preventative and reintegration measures 

Module 4: Industrial relations and dispute resolution

  • Factors regulating the relationship
  • Institutions
  • Contract of employment
  • Termination of the contract of employment
  • The two stages of conflict
  • Conflict and power
  • Transformation of conflict
  • Grievances and discipline
  • Value of effective procedures
  • Prerequisites for good grievance procedures
  • Discipline
  • Principles of fairness and legality
  • Substantive and Procedural fairness
  • CCMA, Labour Court and bargaining councils
  • Conciliation and arbitration

Module 5: Various forms of absenteeism

  • Absenteeism Custom and Practice
  • Medical Absenteeism & Sick Leave
  • Sangoma sick notes – the Traditional Healer factor
  • HIV/AIDS and Absenteeism
  • Draft Code of Good Practice – Incapacity
  • Absenteeism related to Alcohol misuse
  • Absenteeism and Traditional Healers
  • Absence due to Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Family Responsibility/Compassionate leave
  • Absence due to Annual, Study and Unpaid Leave
  • Shop Stewards Leave
  • Elective Leave
  • Absence during Notice Period
  • Deserting / Absconding
  • Relevant Policies & Procedures
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