The employee must report to the employer any injuries or illnesses
preventing him from working within a maximum period of two days.
The employee is not entitled to any paid sick leave during the
probation period. However, after a period of three months continuous
service following the probation period, the employee is entitled to
sick leave (continuous or intermittent) wages as follows:
(1) Full wage for the first 15 days.
(2) Half wage for the next 30 days.
(3) Any following period will be without wage.
However, if the employee’s illness is directly caused by his
misconduct (for example by excessive drinking), he is not entitled to
any wages during the sick leave.
It should be noted that the employee should provide evidence of his
illness warranting sick leave by an official medical certificate.
Can the employee resign from employment during the sick leave
The employee may resign from employment during the sick leave period
and before the completion of 45 days specified by law, provided the
reason of resignation is approved by a physician. In this situation,
the employer must pay the employee all the wages he is entitled to,
until the end of the 45 days referred to above.
Can the employer dismiss an employee from service during his sick
or annual leave?
The employer may not dismiss an employee from service during his sick
annual leave. During this period any
notice for termination will be considered null and void.
However, the employer is entitled to terminate the employment contract
if the employee has exhausted his full sick leave and is not fit to
return to work. In such cases, the employee will be entitled to his
full gratuity and end of service entitlement in accordance with the
Furthermore, the employee will not be entitled to wages for the days
that he has not reported to work after the end of his leave (whether
sick leave or annual leave). This will not prejudice the rights of the
employer to terminate the employee’s contract if the employee fails to
report back to work within seven consecutive days from the date he was
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