Sick Leave


In case of illness, workers are entitled to a maximum of twelve working days of paid sick leave. Sickness must be certified by the registered medical practitioner. Sick leave is fully paid leave and is calculated as workers’ basic wage that is exclusive of overtime pay and other allowances.

Source: §16 & 19 of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)

Medical Care

The worker, on the request of the employer, gets examined by a qualified medical practitioner nominated by the employer.

Medical benefits provided to the insured worker includes specialist consultations, hospitalization of up to 15 days a year, ophthalmological services, preventive care, maternity care for up to four live births, medicines, preventive dental care and pain relief, and some prostheses.

Source: §16(b) of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004); ISSA Country Profile Nigeria 2014

Job Security

Employment of a worker is secure during 12 days of paid sick leave. The contract remains in existence and the worker has to perform his part of the contract save for the incapacity produced by the illness.

Source: §16(a) of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)

Regulations on Sick Leave

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