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Sick leave eligibility and entitlement

You are entitled to both paid outpatient and hospitalisation sick leave if you have worked for at least 3 months with your employer. Your sick leave should be certified by a company doctor, a company-approved doctor or government doctor.

Eligibility

If you’re covered by the Employment Act, you are entitled to paid sick leave if:

  • You have served your employer for at least 3 months.
  • You have informed or tried to inform your employer within 48 hours of your absence.
  • Your sick leave is certified by the company’s doctor, company-approved doctor or a government doctor (including doctors and dentists from approved public medical institutions).

Entitlement

The number of days of paid sick leave you are entitled to depends on your period of service, up to 14 days for outpatient non-hospitalisation leave and 60 days for hospitalisation leave. The 60 days of hospitalisation leave includes the 14 days outpatient sick leave entitlement.

If you have worked for 6 months or more, you will get the full entitlement. Your sick leave should not be pro-rated.

Note: As long as you are certified by a doctor to be in need of hospitalisation, you do not necessarily have to be warded in a hospital to be eligible for paid hospitalisation leave.

Pro-rated sick leave for new hires (under 6 months)

If you are a new employee, sick leave is pro-rated according to your length of service.

You must have worked for at least 3 months to be entitled to paid sick leave or hospitalisation leave.

Between 3 and 6 months of service, your entitlement is pro-rated as follows:

No. of months of service completed Paid outpatient non-hospitalisation leave (days) Paid hospitalisation leave (days)
3 5 15
4 8 30
5 11 45
6 and thereafter 14 60

Limits on paid sick leave days

The amount of paid outpatient and hospitalisation sick leave you can take is capped at your sick leave entitlement.

If you have already taken 14 days of outpatient sick leave in a year, the number of days of hospitalisation sick leave that you can take is 46 days (60 - 14 = 46).

List of approved public medical institutions

The approved public medical institutions are:

  • Alexandra Hospital
  • Changi General Hospital
  • Institute of Mental Health / Woodbridge Hospital
  • Jurong Medical Centre
  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • National Cancer Centre
  • National Dental Centre
  • National Heart Centre
  • National Neuroscience Institute
  • National Skin Centre
  • National University Hospital
  • Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
  • NHG Eye Institute
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • Singapore National Eye Centre
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • All polyclinics under the National Healthcare Group
  • All polyclinics under the Singapore Health Service

Notifying your employer for sick leave

As a responsible employee, you should inform your employer as soon as possible if you are unable to come to work. This allows your employer to plan for alternative work arrangements in your absence.

If you are unable to report for work, the Employment Act requires you to inform your employer within 48 hours. You should submit your medical certificate (MC) when you return to work.