Hospitalisation & Medical Leave (What are the entitlement for…
Hospitalisation & Medical Leave
refers to the leave taken when medical conditions are critical or when the sick employee has to rest for a
extended period of time
refers to the time off from work that employees can use to stay home to address their health and safety needs without losing pay.
Does EA cover these leave?
Under EA, employees who have served their employers for more than 6 months are entitled to paid sick leave
Eligibility for these leave
If you are covered by the Employment Act, you are entitled to paid sick leave
Under the conditions of
Serving the employers for at least 3 months
You have informed or tried to inform your employer within 48 hours of your absence
Your sick leave is certified by the company’s doctor, company-approved doctor or a government doctor
Up to 14 days for outpatient non-hospitalisation leave and 60 days for hospitalisation leave.
If you have worked for 6 months or more, you will get the full entitlement. Your sick leave should not be pro-rated.
Pro-rated sick leave for new hires under 6 months
5 days of paid outpatient non-hopitalisation leave
15 days of paid hospitalisation leave
8 days of paid outpatient non-hospitalisation leave
30 days of paid hospitalisation leave
11 days of paid outpatient non-hopitalisation leave
45 days of paid hospitalisation leave
What are the entitlement for hospitalisation and medical leave under special situation?
During non-working days, holidays, and annual leave
You are not required to apply for paid sick leave if you fall sick during:
If you fall sick while on annual leave, you may discuss with your employer whether you can cancel your annual leave and take sick leave instead.
During a half working day
Sick leave taken on a half working day (e.g. Saturday) should be considered as one day's sick leave
While serving notice
If you are serving your resignation notice, you are still entitled to paid sick leave as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.
Your entitlement depends on your length of service:
For 6 months or more of service: you have the full entitlement.
For 3 to 6 months of service: your sick leave will be pro-rated.
MCs from a private or overseas doctor
Many employers grant paid sick leave for medical certificates (MCs) issued by a private doctor, overseas doctor or traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner. They have the discretion to do so.
If you run out of sick leave
Your employer can:
Allow you to go on extended no-pay leave for an agreed period.
Make other working arrangements that are acceptable to both of you, such as re-assigning your duties.
Obtain a medical assessment of whether you can continue working.
If you unfit to work
Your employer can terminate your services after giving due notice, or pay in lieu of notice.
When should employees apply for hospitalisation and medical leave?
Inform the employer within 48 hours