Sick Leave


Workers covered by the ‘Employee State Insurance Act’ are entitled to sick pay, but only a small proportion of the organized work force is covered by social security legislation. Amount of sick pay varies; it is around 70% of the average daily wage. The benefit is paid after a 2-day waiting period for up to 91 days in any two consecutive designated 6-month periods.

Different provisions could be located under different Acts:

(i) 15 days of sick leave is entitled under Apprentices Act, 1961

(ii) 30 days of sick leave for 18 months of service under Working Journalist and Other News Paper Employee’s (Conditions of Service) and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1955;

(iii)At least 1/18th of the period worked under Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1976.  (

Source: §15 (Rule 13) of the Apprentices Act 1961; Working Journalist and Other News Paper Employee’s (Conditions of Service); §7 (Rule 28) of the Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1955); §4 of the Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1976

Medical Care

Full medical care is provided to an Insured person and his family members. There is no ceiling on expenditure on the treatment of an insured person or a family member. On payment of annual premium of 120 rupees, medical care is also provided to retired and permanently disabled insured persons and their spouses. (

Job Security

There is no legislation in this respect.