Employment Law

Sickness around the world

Interesting overview here of sick day entitlements in different countries. Not surprisingly, Germany’s rules are the most comprehensive, but also the most generous. German employees receive their full salary for up to 6 weeks.  After that, its reduced to 70%, which is paid for up to 78 weeks (!). Compare that to NZ where you are out of luck after 4 weeks max, unless your contract or CA provides for more. 

In Hongkong, emlpoyees can accumulate up to 120 days paid sick days at 4/5th of the daily average wage.  Whereas in the US there is no federal statutory entitlement at all for any paid sick leave, but some states have respective laws in place.  So there you go, there’s China, the symbol of ruthless capitalism, having better protection for workers than the US.