Family responsibility leave - who pays for this?

Family Responsibility Leave is not covered by the BIBC’s Collective Agreement and must be paid by the employer in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Section 27).

This section applies to an employee who has been employed for more than 4 months and works at least 4 days per week.

The employee is entitled to 3 days' leave per year but only:

  • when an employee’s child (or adopted child) is born or sick;
  • upon the death of a spouse or life partner, a child (also adopted child), a parent (also an adoptive parent), a sibling, a grandchild, or a grandparent.

The employer may request reasonable proof and unused leave is not carried forward.