‘Sickie’ rule changes may hit parents

The Dominion Post 20/07/2010

Parents who stay home for a single day to care for a sick child could be forced to get medical certificates to cover their time off work under Government changes. Plans to change sick leave rules would allow employers to demand medical certificates from the first day off, rather than after three days as at present. The employer would have to pay for the doctor’s visit, a provision Prime Minister John Key said would ensure the change was used sparingly.

…Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson’s office said yesterday that the change would apply to parents who used their sick leave for a single day to care for a child, meaning they would have to take them to a doctor for a certificate if their employer ordered it. The provision would also apply to workers staying home to care for sick spouses or partners.