Workers will be eligible for a day's sick leave from day one on the job under changes to the Holidays Act.
The revamp will axe the current six-month waiting period for sick days. It's one of a swathe of recommendations by a panel of union, business and government voices.
The aim is a clearer and more transparent set of rules for providing entitlements to, and payments for, holidays and leave. New legislation is expected by early next year.
Michael Wood is Workplace Relations and Safety Minister.