Sick Leave

Income

In accordance with the Labour Code, a worker is entitled to sick leave for up to 6 months if sickness is certified by a qualified doctor. An employer may dismiss an employee if the employee is on sick leave for more than 6 months. The Labour Law does not provide for paid sick leave however following the policy of the Ministry of Labour, employer may provide paid sick leave as follows:

- 100% of wages during the first month of sick leave;

- 60% of wages during the second & third months of sick leave; and

- unpaid leave from the fourth until sixth month.

Sources: §71 of the Labour Law, promulgated by Royal Order No. CS/RKM/0397/01 of 13 March 1997 (amended in 2007)

Medical Care

In the event of occupational accidents, a worker is entitled to medical care services such as medical treatment, pharmaceutical products and transport to a medical treatment centre. The employer must pay the medication and health care cost of an employee who has a work-related accident.

Victims of work-related accidents are entitled to medical assistance (benefits in kind, medical treatment andmedication as well as hospitalization) and to all surgical assistance and prostheses deemed necessary after the accident. Victims of work-related accidents can benefit from more favorable conditions if there is such an agreement between the parties.

Sources: §254 of the Labour Law, promulgated by Royal Order No. CS/RKM/0397/01 of 13 March 1997 (amended in 2007)

Job Security

Employment of a worker is secure during the period of sick leave, i.e., six months. An employer may dismiss the worker who is on sick leave for more than 6 months. The employment contract is suspended for absence due to illness when it is certified by a qualified doctor. This absence is limited to six months, but can, however, be extended until there is a replacement.

Sources: §71(3) of the Labour Law, promulgated by Royal Order No. CS/RKM/0397/01 of 13 March 1997 (amended in 2007)

Regulations on Sick Leave

  • Labour Code, 1997
  • Law on social security schemes for persons defined by the provisions of the Labour Law
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