Every secured worker certified by a medical practitioner is entitled to paid sick leave (sickness benefit) for a period of 121 days (in a calendar year) in case of ordinary ailments and 365 days (in a calendar year) in case of Cancer or Tuberculosis. The sickness benefit for ordinary ailments (for a period of 121 days) requires the employer to pay 75% of wages last drawn while for Cancer and Tuberculosis (for a period of 365 days), a worker has to be paid 100% of last wages drawn (Different provisions in provinces). If there is an employment related injury, a worker has the right to draw 100% wages for a period of 180 days. (section 35-39 of The Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965)
Medical benefits are available for insured workers and these include general medical care, specialist care, medicine, hospitalization, maternity care, and transportation.
As per section 72 of The Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965, an employer can't dismiss, discharge, reduce or otherwise punish a worker during his/her period of sickness, maternity, injury or medical care.
Regulations on Sick Leave
Industrial And Commercial Employment (Standing Orders) Ordinance, 1968
The Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965
Workmen's Compensation Act, 1923