Wednesday, November 16, 2011

If sick during annual leave, you get extra days off

Employees falling ill during their annual leave must be compensated for the duration of the sick leave given to them by authorised doctors, according to a new fatwa (Islamic ruling) in the UAE.
The Fatwa centre at the Ministry of Justice issued the new edict in response to a query by a local government department about a female employee who was given a 26-day annual leave, during which she fell ill.
The department said the employee presented a medical report showing that she had received treatment for 20 days during her annual leave and that she asked the department to compensate her for the sick leave days.
“A sick leave and a normal leave should not be linked…in case the sick leave happens during the normal leave, then it must be considered as a sick leave, which must be deducted from the normal leave.”