Many of you will remember, as far back as 2007, that it was compulsory for an employee employed in the Motor Industry to belong to a Medical Aid and for employers to contribute at least 50% towards the Medical Aid.
Unfortunately agreements lapsed and from 2007, it is at the employer’s discretion whether newly appointed employees will be provided with this Social Benefit and on what terms. The result is that many of you do not have a medical aid and you might have become reliant on a clinic for medical attention. But what if you are unfit for duty and you did not see a Medical Practitioner and you do not have a Medical Certificate?
The Need of a Medical Certificate
In the Motor Industry, sick leave is dealt with in one of two ways, which are in terms of the MIBCO Main Collective Agreement (Agreement) and the Sick, Accident and Maternity Benefit Fund (SAF).
What qualifies as a Valid Medical Certificate?
A medical practitioner is defined in the BCEA as a person entitled to practise as a medical practitioner in terms of section 17 of the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Services Act 1974 (Act No. 56 1974), that is the Health Professions Act.
On 30 April 2014 the President signed the Traditional Health Practitioners Act (Act) and as a result Traditional Health Practitioners must, with effect from 1 May 2014, register with the Traditional Health Practitioners Council (Council) that was established in 2013. In terms of the Act a Medical Certificate issued by a Traditional Healer, who is registered with the Council, is accepted as proof of incapacity.
Our health is important and we try, in very challenging circumstances, to keep our bodies and minds healthy. The reality is that people, colleagues, friends and family are getting sick around us. You need to protect yourself and empower yourself by knowing what is needed for paid sick leave.
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