Sick Leave

FAQ on Sick Leave in Uganda including injury at work claim, work injury compensation, medical leave from work, work-related injuries, accident at work, labour law sick leave

Is an employee entitled to sick leave?

Yes. All employees are entitled to sick leave as long as he or she has completed not less than one month’s continuous service with an employer and he or she is incapable of work because of sickness or injury.

Under what conditions – do you need a doctor’s certificate?

An employee is required to present a certificate to the employer when the request has been made or in case the Human Resource manual provides that it should be presented before a sick leave is granted.

What must be in the certificate?

The doctor’s certificate must show the nature of sickness and duration for which the employee may be unable to report for work.

Should the employer continue paying his or her employee during sick leave?

Yes. In case an employee has completed not less than one month’s continuous service with an employer and the employee is incapable of work because of sickness or injury, an employee is entitled to sick pay for the first month’s absence from work, that is, an employee is entitled to full wages and every other benefit whether for his or her family or himself/herself as stipulated in the contract of service.

What happens if an employee is still sick after one month?

The employer should still consider him/her as his or her employee. However, if at the expiration of the second month the sickness still continues, the employer is entitled to terminate the employee’s contract of service on complying with all the terms of the contract of service up to the time of termination of employment.

Under what conditions – do you need a doctor’s certificate?

An employee is required to present a certificate to the employer when the request has been made or in case the Human Resource manual provides that it should be presented before a sick leave is granted.

What must be in the certificate?

The doctor’s certificate must show the nature of sickness and duration for which the employee may be unable to report for work.

Should the employer continue paying his or her employee during sick leave?

Yes. In case an employee has completed not less than one month’s continuous service with an employer and the employee is incapable of work because of sickness or injury, an employee is entitled to sick pay for the first month’s absence from work, that is, an employee is entitled to full wages and every other benefit whether for his or her family or himself/herself as stipulated in the contract of service.

What happens if an employee is still sick after one month?

The employer should still consider him/her as his or her employee. However, if at the expiration of the second month the sickness still continues, the employer is entitled to terminate the employee’s contract of service on complying with all the terms of the contract of service up to the time of termination of employment.

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