Sick Leave


If an employee is sick, he/she is entitled to paid sick leave (up to 9 months) in the following manner:

- full pay for the first three months of absence;

- half pay for the next three months of absence (4th, 5th and 6th months); and

- 25% of the pay for the next three months of absence (7th, 8th & 9th months)


If a worker's disease lasts more than 9 months, he shall no longer receive wages and would be considered on sick leave without pay. The sickness benefit is paid for a maximum of 270 days per year.


Sources: §48 of Labour Bill, 2011

Medical Care

No statutory medical benefits are provided.

Job Security

Employment of a worker is secure during the paid sick leave. An employer can't terminate a labour contract due to a worker's sickness unless the worker has exhausted his sick leave and the medical commission has determined his/her unfitness for the work.


Sources: §48 of Labour Bill, 2011

Regulations on Sick Leave

  • Labour Code, 1997
  • Social Insurance Act, 1990