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Right to sick pay

Provisions on the employee’s right to sick pay are laid down in the Employment Contracts Act. According to the law, an employee who is unable to work is entitled to sick pay if he or she is prevented from working due to illness or accident. The employer’s obligation to pay wages applies to disability due to illness, accidents at work and accidents occurring during leisure time.

The employer is not obliged to pay sick pay if the employee has caused his or her incapacity for work intentionally or through gross negligence. Such a situation may be, for example, getting into a fight through one’s own fault.

According to the law, sick pay is paid for the day of illness (if it was a working day) and the working days included in the following nine working days. If the employment relationship has lasted at least one month at the time the disability began, the employee is entitled to full pay as mentioned above. If the employment relationship has lasted less than one month, half of the salary is paid for the same period.

The above-mentioned provisions of the Employment Contracts Act shall be complied with unless otherwise agreed in the collective agreement, employment contract or internal practice applicable in the field.