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Sick Leave

Income

In accordance with the Shop and Office Act, every worker certified by a medical practitioner is entitled to a paid sick leave (sickness benefit) for a period of 07 days (in a 12 month period) for private business, ill-health or any other reasonable cause. These are generally known as casual leave. Casual leave is normally availed from one-half day to one or more days at a time. This does not include a case of prolonged ill health.

The Employment of Trainees (Private Sector) Act contains specific provision for medical leave due to ill health. A trainee is entitled to seven days of sick leave with full allowances payable to him, for a period, or aggregate of periods, if the application for leave is supported by a medical certificate issued by a registered medical practitioner.

Source: §6(3 & 4) of the Shop and Office Employees Act; §6 of the Employment of Trainees (Private Sector) Act

Medical Care

Medical benefits are available for all citizens free of charge. Members are eligible to avail medical benefits through Shramasuwa Rekawarana" Hospitalization Medical Scheme. Employee Trust Fund Act requires employer to remit 3% of earnings of each employee to the Fund monthly, before the last working day of the following month, for members to enjoy various benefits above benefits.

The hospitalization scheme allows members to get hospitalization expenses reimbursed. Members are eligible to claim costs of treatment subject to 25,000 rupees in a year (maximum amount during employment period: 50,000 rupees), subject to conditions applicable to the scheme (contributions must have been paid for at least 5 years).

Source: ISSA Country Profile; http://www.etfb.lk/sub_pgs/ben_statutory_eligibility.html

Job Security

Employment of a worker is secure during the period of his/her sick leave of 07 days.

Source: §6(5) of the Shop and Office Employees Act

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