Rules related to Sick Leave in Saudi Arabia

Many people do not know that the Saudi Labor Law allows an ill employee to take sick leave for a period of 4 months in Saudi Arabia. The distribution of 4 months sick leave will be the following;

  • The first month will be fully paid.
  • The next two months will be paid at 75% of the total salary.
  • The fourth month will be unpaid.

sick leave in saudi arabiaHowever, in order to avail of the sick leave in Saudi Arabia, the worker will have to bring a certificate from a doctor to warrant his sickness. Recommended: 10 Types of Leaves in Saudi Labor Law

  • If an employee wants to join the sick leave with his annual leave, he is entitled to do it as per Article 82 of Saudi Labor Law.
  • An employer cannot terminate his employee who is on sick leave before completing the 4 months period as per Article 82.
  • In case of any conflict between the company policy and the Saudi Labor Law, the law will prevail.

Some years ago, it was quite easy to take a fake illness certificate from a hospital or clinic in Saudi Arabia to apply for sick leave. However, this is not the case anymore after the strict actions taken by the government.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.