Sectoral Determination 7 applies to all domestic workers (except those working on farms) and requires that Domestic workers get a minimum of 21 days leave per year. This is inclusive of weekends. Public holidays, which may fall within the annual leave period, do not count towards the 21 days. The timing of the annual leave must be agreed upon by the employer and employee, however if an agreement cannot be reached, the employer gets the final say.
If it is convenient to the employer, the employee may take 21 days consecutive leave, however, this is often not convenient for either party as many want to take some leave over Christmas and the balance at another time. If you have a domestic worker who does not work for you full time (as is the case with many households these days), the leave due to them is pro-rated with the number of days the employee works per week. If you have any questions, in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us or call our office on 033 266 6170.