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The SSSBC (South African Local Government Bargaining Council) recently reached an agreement on leave entitlements for local government employees, bringing much-needed clarity to a previously confusing area of labor law.

Under the new agreement, which came into effect on 1 July 2021, all full-time employees will be entitled to a minimum of 21 days’ annual leave. Part-time employees will be entitled to one day’s leave for every 17 days worked. This means that a part-time employee working three days per week would be entitled to 12 days’ leave per year.

In addition to annual leave, employees will also be entitled to:

– Sick leave: Five months’ sick leave on full pay over a period of three years. Alternatively, an employee may be granted one month’s sick leave on full pay for each period of 36 months of continuous service.

– Family responsibility leave: Five days’ leave per annum for family responsibility, such as the birth of a child or the serious illness of a family member.

– Bereavement leave: Three days’ leave per annum for the death of a spouse, life partner, parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, child or adopted child.

The agreement also includes provisions for long service leave, which is leave granted to employees who have been in continuous service with the same employer for a specified period of time. Employees with between five and 10 years’ service will be entitled to one month’s long service leave, while employees with more than 10 years’ service will be entitled to two months’ leave.

Importantly, the agreement also sets out the procedures for taking leave. Employees must apply for leave in writing and give their employer reasonable notice. Employers are also required to respond to leave applications in writing, either approving or denying the request.

Overall, the SSSBC’s agreement on leave entitlements provides important protections for local government employees and ensures that they receive the leave to which they are entitled. As a professional, it is important to note that this agreement is a significant development in South African labor law and is likely to be of interest to those working in the public sector. By optimizing articles on this topic for relevant keywords, including “SSSBC agreement on leave”, organizations can ensure that they are reaching the right audience with their content.