Rules related to Sick Leave as per Saudi Labor Law

Many people don't know that they are entitled to 4 months of sick leave in Saudi Arabia as per Saudi Labor Law irrespective of the company policy.

If you go through the text of Saudi Labor Law, you would realize that it contains many benefits for the employee working in Saudi Arabia.

However, due to our ignorance of the Saudi Labor Law, we don’t ask for our benefits. The Labor Law in Saudi Arabia is very gracious as far as different types of leaves are concerned and one of those is sick leave. Recommended: Rights of Employees under Saudi Labor Law

Sick Leave as per Saudi Labor Law

God forbids if you get sick while living in Saudi Arabia, make sure you consume the leaves from the quota of sick leaves before consuming your annual leave.

An employee, whose sickness has been proven, is allowed to take 4 months’ sick leave from the employer (Article 117 of the Saudi Labor Law).  In these four months, some portion of sick leave will be fully paid, some partially paid and some unpaid.

However, you will have to produce a certificate from the doctor stating clearly that you need rest for X number of days. Otherwise, it is at the discretion of the employer and the company policy to accept or not to accept your sick leave in Saudi Arabia. The quota provided below is on an annual basis.

  • First, 30 days – Fully Paid
  • Next 60 days – 75% of total wages
  • Next 30 days – Unpaid
  • Annual Leave can be joined with Sick Leave

If an employee wants to join his annual leave with the sick leave to get some rest at home, he is entitled to do it as per Article 82 of Saudi Labor Law.

  • No Termination during the sickness of an employee

An employer cannot remove an employee from the payroll or terminate him from the organization during the time the employee is on his sick leave as per Saudi Labor Law.

However, after completing the 4 months’ time period if the employee is still not able to join the work, the employer may terminate the employee. (Article 82 of Saudi Labor Law).

  • Sick Leave and Company Policy

Some people have raised questions that their company policy does not allow a month's period of sick leave which means that it is in contradiction of the labor law.

In that case, you should know that the labor law will prevail over and above the policy of your company and you have all the rights as stipulated in the article above.

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