Wages during absence due to illness and accidents

Wages during absence due to illness and accidents in the first year

The arrangement for wage payments to employees who are absent from work due to illness during the first year of their employment with the employer shall be that payment shall be made for two days in respect of each month they have worked.

Wages in cases of illness and accidents after one year

The arrangement for wage payments to employees who are absent from work due to illness or accidents when they have worked for the same employer for one year or more shall be as follows:

  • Following 1 year’s work for the same employer: 2 months during each 12-month period;
  • Following 5 years’ work for the same employer: 4 months during each 12-month period;
  • Following 10 years’ work for the same employer: 6 months during each 12-month period.

However, employees who have earned the right to 4 or 6 months’ on pay during sick leave with their previous employer and who change workplace shall be entitled to receive wages for not less that 2 months during each 12-month period.

Children’s illnesses and leave due to circumstances beyond the individual’s control

After the first month at work, a parent shall be entitled to spend two days for each month worked looking after his or her children under the age of 13 when they are ill, providing that no other measures can be arranged to have them cared for. After 6 months’ employment, this entitlement shall become 12 days during each 12-month period. Parents shall retain their daytime wages and also supplementary payment for shift work or after-hours work (40%) as appropriate. The parties are in agreement on the interpretation that the term ‘parent’ here also refers to foster-parents or guardians who support a child and act in loco parentis.

Employees shall be entitled to leave from work in the event of circumstances beyond their control (force majeure) and in the event of urgent family circumstances resulting from illness or accidents and necessitating their presence without delay. Employees shall not be entitled to wages from the employer in the circumstances mentioned above

Medical certificates

If an employee falls ill and is unable, as a consequence, to attend work, he shall immediately notify his superior, who shall decide whether a medical certificate will be required. Such a medical certificate shall be provided by the company’s regular physician if this is requested.

The employer shall pay for medical certificates if the above conditions are met.