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21 May 2013

Domestic worker absent from work
Hi there; I employed a domestic worker last year July 2012 to work for me from Monday-Friday from 8 until 5. I went to the department of labour to establish the correct amount of renumeration to pay her. I am currently paying minimum wage of R 1500 per month with transport allowance of R 310 per month. Over and above the above costs I pay for and provide food for her during the day. In February this year she called me on the Sunday to say she was sick and could not come to work. I had to call her every day to establish if she had seen the doctor. Eventually only on pay day did she go and see the doctor. And was back at work, on the Monday after being "sick" for 5 days. Her doctor's note said medical condition. And her explanation was that she couldn't walk. Low and behold, last week she took a day off to take her son to the doctor he was sick. And then when she came back to work, she said she was sick she had no energy. I went and bought her a couple of hundred rands worth of medicine. The day after that she was still unwell, and she said she feels "drunk" in her head. I told her to take the Friday off and go and see the doctor. I called her on Sunday morning, as I still didn't get word from her. And she said the medicine she got from the clinic is not working and she's not coming to work on the Monday she will go to the hospital. I told her to please let me know what is going on. Now 3 days later, I still have not heard from her. What do I do? What are my options if she is unwell or sick to carry on working. I need her to be at work as she looks after my baby during the day. If her health keeps on interfering with her work, can I let her go? What are her options, and mine?
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