Can my employee use personal leave for routine medical appointments?

Personal Leave covers both sick leave and carer’s leave, a full time employee accrues 10 days per year (part time employee is pro rata of that rate). Personal Leave progressively accrues during each year of service.

Personal leave can be used if the employee is ill or injured (including pregnancy-related illness) or because they are required to provide care or support to a member of their immediate family or household because of illness, injury or unexpected emergency. A member of the employee’s immediate family means a spouse, de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of an employee; or a child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the employee’s spouse or de facto partner.

The terms ‘care’ and ‘support’ are not clearly defined in the legislation, therefore care is advised if an employer is considering rejecting a request for personal leave.

Personal leave is not for routine medical appointments i.e. visit to the GP, however the organisation can decide to provide this, if they choose to.

A staff member (including a casual employee) is entitled to two days of unpaid carer’s leave for each occasion when a member of the employee’s immediate family or household requires care or support because of a personal illness, injury, or an unexpected emergency.

If you have any further leave questions please contact us.