Sick Leave


In accordance with the Employment Act 2006, a worker, working at least sixteen hours a week, is entitled to pay sick leave on completion of one month of service with the employer. When a worker is incapable of work because of sickness or injury, he/she is entitled to fully paid sick leave for the first month of illness and worker and his/family avails all other benefits mentioned in the employment contract.

In order to avail sickness benefits, the worker must notify the employer about the reason of absence as early as possible and employer may request the worker to provide certificate of incapacity to work and duration of incapacity, signed by a qualified medical practitioner.

Source: §55 of the Employment Act 2006; ISSA Country Profile Uganda, 2017

Medical Care

Medical benefits are available for insured workers and these include general medical care, specialist care, medicine, hospitalization, and transportation.

Source: §1 of the Worker's Compensation Act 2000

Job Security

In accordance with the section 55 of the Employment Act, an employer may not dismiss a worker during his/her first two months of sickness, or on account of pregnancy or disability. However, if a worker's sickness continues after two month of sick leave, the employer is entitled to terminate the contract of the worker.

Source: § 55(1b) of the Employment Act 2006

Regulations on Sick Leave

  • The Employment Act, 2006