thread: Were you allowed to use your sick leave?

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2006
    Adelaide, SA
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    Question Were you allowed to use your sick leave?

    When you went on maternity leave? Did you have to have a medical certificate to do so?

    I was originally planning on working until 38 weeks but I am already starting to feel uncomfortable and will definitely not last another 12 weeks at work so thought I may leave around the 34 week mark.

    I have 8 weeks sick leave and was wondering if this could be used before using my annual leave and starting maternity payments?

    Any help would be appreciated!


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    I could at my work, it depends on your work's policy.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Nov 2008
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    at my work place you can as long as the doctor or midwife caring for you writes a medical certificate.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2006
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    Did you have to have a certificate Pandora?

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    Registered User

    Mar 2007
    Melbourne
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    It depends on your workplace policy. We are required to leave at 34-35weeks. If I want to stay longer, I had to have a medical certificate saying I was fit to work, and If I had a pregnancy related illness in that time (35+) and still working I would not be allowed to use sick leave.
    If I was sick prior to the 34-35wk mark I was allowed to use sick leave.

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    Hi Jaycee,


    I finished work at 35 weeks, and used all my sick leave & annual leave before commencing maternity leave, so did one of my co workers. I didn't need any med certificate and i definetly think its depends on your workplace's policies

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    BellyBelly Member

    Oct 2007
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    I planned to work until 36 weeks but had to stop on Ob's orders at 30 weeks. I got paid sick leave for those 6 weeks. I work for a small business and have a good relationship with my boss so although I had a medical cert it wasn't a drama.

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    Aug 2008
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    I was required to start mat leave at 34 weeks and needed a certificate to state I was fit to work beyond that. If I was sick at any point while on mat leave, I could apply for sick leave, with a certificate, and have the mat leave returned.

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    Im just going through this at the moment...
    Last time round, i used sick leave for the 4 weeks prior to confinement dates, this time round my boss (different on but same job) has queried it.
    Got a massive email from HR consultant today confirming that i can (i think) i have a meeting next week... But i spoke to the union as well and they told me that i cold use sick leave (as it is a medical condition that is preventing you from working) but i am not meant to 'plan' it... does that make sense. I do have to have a sick certificate though - but doesnt have to be from my OB, it can be from my GP...

    Anyway i will come back later and post what was written in the email if you like.
    What do you do for work?

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    Registered User

    Sep 2005
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    Yep I had to take mine just after 30weeks and we needed a certificate for anything longer than 1 day off sick.
    I also had to be careful the doctor didn't write due to pregnancy - it had to be specific, ie high blood pressure risk of abruption, hip pain etc otherwise the powers that be made you take your mat leave early instead.

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    BellyBelly Member

    Apr 2007
    Gold Coast
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    I would think so too...probably (like others have said) as long as you have a medical certificate. I know we can at my work (though we do get unlimited paid sick leave) - I knew someone that was unable to work from 5 or 6months into her pregnancy - but just as long as her doctor gave her that certificate.

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    I had to have a cert to stay past 36 weeks and could use sick leave up until that time. If it was <2 days at a time I didn't need a cert.