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The Request for COVID-19 Sick Leave is a letter sent by an employee requesting for sick or medical leave after been diagnosed with the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Due to this global pandemic, many persons have tested positive for the virus and will require some time off work to take care of their health.
This document simply allows the employee to give details of their sickness, request for a paid sick leave, and commit to continue working as soon as their health improves. The Labour Act authorizes employers to grant up to 12 days paid leave to employees suffering from any sickness. However, employers may, at their discretion or by the employee's Employment Contract, Handbook, or other workplace policies, extend this leave period.
Please note that this document should only be used in cases where an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19. However, if an employee is diagnosed with any other illness and wants to request a sick leave, the Leave Request Letter should be used instead.
How to use this document
In this document, the names and addresses of the employer and employee and the symptoms the employee is exhibiting will be required. The employee may also enclose their medical certificate or report stating that the employee has the COVID-19.
After completing the document, it should be printed and signed by the employee sending this letter. The signed letter can be sent either in a letter form or via email to the employer or the required to handle leave requests in the organization such as the human resources officer, the employee's supervisor, or any other officer at the organization.
There is no special law regulating sick leave letters due to the coronavirus. However, the Labour Act 2004 regulates matters affecting employees, including sick leaves.
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