Employment Law

International sickness rules

A very interesting oveview of employee entitlements in cases of sickness or incapacity from around the world.

Note that, for instance, in Shanghai employees with less than 5 years of continous service can take up to 3 months paid sick leave. That increases to 6 months for more than 5 years of service. Compare that with the NZ entitlement of 5 days every 6 months, accumulating to 20 days max after 2 years. The system in the Czech Republic is similar to Germany, with payments divided between employers and the respective health insurance provider.

Singapore’s Work Injury Compensation Act provides for compensation for work accidents, similar to NZ ACC scheme. In addition, however, employees are entitled to 2/3 of their earnings of to one year during the period of incapacity.